I may sound like a worried person when I say this is a turbulent time we live in, but I believe most of you will agree with the truth behind that statement. From the recent disturbing violence in Charlottesville to other protests, murders, and unimaginable events that are hitting the news waves daily around this great land of ours, times are challenging. As our pastor reminded us Sunday, eight people stepped off of the ark in Genesis 8 and we are all descendants of those people. The only race that matters in the image of God is the human race and we all should strive to advance that cause and purpose. It raises another question to me in relation to our money: for what purpose do we advance or move forward with the blessings given to us by God? How do we decide where to invest our money and/or our time?
In his book Radical: Taking Back Your Faith from the American Dream, David Platt says the following: “We will not wish we had made more money, acquired more stuff, lived more comfortably, taken more vacations, watched more television, pursued greater retirement, or been more successful in the eyes of this world. Instead, we will wish we had given more of ourselves to living for the day when every nation, tribe, people, and language will bow around the throne and sing the praises of the Savior who delights in radical obedience and the God who deserves eternal worship.” Platt also says, “But then I realize there is never going to be a day when I stand before God and He looks at me and says, ‘I wish you would have kept more for yourself.’ I’m confident that God will take care of me.” Now I’m not saying to go sell your house, car or miss your next meal for the Lord. However, I would challenge myself and everyone to evaluate what we are doing with our resources including time, talent and yes, even money. There are few things in this life that are eternal but our decision to follow a Risen Savior is one of those and I submit to you that dedicating more of our resources to serving Jesus Christ and the work of His church to a lost and dying world is a noble and very worthwhile cause.
As many as 91% of high net worth individuals give money to charity every year. Those are the people that itemize deductions on their tax returns so we can actually capture data on them. However, I believe that the percentage of those who give to charity each year is actually much higher than this. Many people write checks to various charities or buy cookies, popcorn or wrapping paper from school-aged children. You are all giving money to charities when you do those things. I hopeful that the readers of this blog also consider their local church and the various ministries of the Moravian Church in their charitable gifts and I’m even more hopeful that it is a part of on-going committed stewardship to support the work of Jesus on this earth.
We talk and read a lot about financial plans. Do you have a Charitable Plan or a plan to effectively and efficiently put your money and resources to work for the things you are passionate about? There are fancy words like “philanthropy” that are thrown around and that’s great, but at the end of the day, how do you give back and is it like hunting quail with a rocket launcher or more like a targeted, carefully planned shot? Have you narrowed your scope and defined your mission around giving?
If your answer is yes, I would love to hear your story. Call me or email me. If your answer is no, I still want you to call me or email me. MMFA stands ready to help. We help by having a conversation with you and helping you identify and define your passions and dreams as they relate to the work of Jesus Christ. We do an inventory of where your resources are pointed now and compare that against where you want them to be (i.e., those dreams and passions). Then we chart a course for you to meet and deliver on your charitable plan through real live advice and prayer. We’d love the opportunity to chat with you and start the conversation. Pray about your resources and what Christ is leading you to do. Where and how do you want to make an impact? Let us help… Call or email us today at 888-722-7923 or by clicking here.