Without having another job to go to he decided to start his own business.
Reference: “This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.” (Luke 12:21 NIV)
Explore: After much prayer, and many conversations, my husband decided to take a voluntary redundancy from his work. Without having another job to go to he decided to start his own business.
For anyone who has even considered starting their own business, they will know there are huge risks involved. Particularly financial risks.
While the redundancy payout was nice, we are realistic enough to know we will be surviving purely on my wage for the next couple of months. With this in mind, it is easy to feel anxious about money.
It is at these times you question going out for dinner, buying any clothes, and even how much money you give away. Some of these questions are very important to consider, however, my husband and I were keen to not get selfish when our finances got tight.
We faithfully tithed our redundancy even though we thought we may need it later down the track.
Then in the next month money just started coming in from a number of different avenues. I received more in my tax return than I expected and someone close to us gave us a generous gift.
I firmly believe God has provided for our needs because we were faithful in our giving to Him first.
Application: There is no doubt it is hard to be generous when money is scarce. Let’s be honest, for some generosity does not come easily even when we are flush with cash.
But God does not call us to store up our vast wealth – whatever that amount may be. Whatever you have, there is always some to share.
And in sharing we declare our faith and give God the opportunity to bless us in ways we least expect.
Prayer: Lord, break our hearts for those in need. May we hold our wealth loosely and be willing to give to You. Amen.
How much are you storing rather than giving?
This article was written by Linda Bailey
Linda started theological studies in 1999 in Australia. After working for ten years in various church ministries, she now works as the breakfast producer at 89.9 LightFM - the Christian radio station in Melbourne, Australia. She writes blogs every day about passages she is currently reading in the Bible. Follow her on Google Plus +Linda Bailey or Facebook by clicking the like button on the right of this page.