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Can We Be Honest? By Rebecca Hays

Sometimes asking a question out loud allows us to reflect upon the answer genuinely.

We’ve heard, God is our Provider.  We may even say it to others, but do we live and work like we truly believe it?

  • How often do we pray in a board meeting and immediately turn our focus to the budget, bottom line, or our efforts?
  • Are we more excited about a big check for our organization or the stories of transformed hearts that become generous to the Lord, even through an organization other than ours?
  • Above all, do we desire the partners of our organization to hear, “Well done!”

(Philippians 4:7, “Not that I am looking for a gift, but I am looking for what may be credited to your account.”)

  • Do we pray and expect as if God has abundant and limitless resources?

It can be easy to go through the motions or lean toward traditional “bringing in money” methods for an organization.

It Starts With Me

Are you involved with raising resources for your organization?  The most important thing I’ve learned is that this work is ministry; it’s disciplining believers to be rich toward God, and it is a profoundly personal and intentional faith journey that starts with me.

To grow in your journey, ask:

  • What scriptures am I filling my mind with daily that God will use to transform my heart to live more simply and be more generous?
  • When was the last time I experienced joy in giving?  – (2 Corinthians 9: 7, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”)
  • What books am I reading to instill the truths of the generous life Christ modeled for us to live?
  • Who am I surrounding myself with that challenges me to “live in the tension” of living the life that is truly life?  – (1 Timothy 6:18, “They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,  thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.”)

Model To Others As Jesus Modeled For Us

God humbly started me on my journey of generosity after a crisis in my life removed almost every earthly security to remind me that He truly is all He says He is, He is trustworthy, and He IS my Provider.

In this ministry of raising stewards to be rich toward God, we journey with those God has placed in our path.  Once we’ve been transformed, He calls the US to be as generous as Christ was.  Then, He can use us as instruments to encourage others to participate in His work, experience true joy, and one day hear, “Well done!”

Trust God to Act

What if:

  • We stopped discussing raising funds and defined our work as raising faithful stewards.
  • Our dependence on God to provide was evidenced in fervent prayer, trusting Him to act.
  • We sought to transform lives for eternal fruit whether it benefitted our organization or not.

Take a moment to be still, pray, and listen to what God wants you to do with all He has entrusted you.  How does He want you to model that to others?  Will you trust Him to act?

Imagine what God can do through one who is entirely devoted to Him!

(2 Chronicles 16:9, “For the eyes of the LORD move to and fro throughout the earth that He may strongly support those whose heart is ultimately His.”)


Rebecca Hays is the Mission Advancement and Director of Equipping for Westminster Christian School.


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Christian Leadership Alliance equips and unites leaders to transform the world for Christ. We are the leaders of Christ-centered organizations who are dedicated to faithful stewardship for greater kingdom impact.

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