I have just finished Jamie Munson’s free E-Book called Money. You can get it for free here. Matt Chandler calls it “The best book on money. Period.” Matt’s assessment is pretty close. It is a gospel centered book which goes through everything from giving money to budgeting. I cannot recommend this book highly enough.
Here is a section of the book which hit me. It deals with where my motivation for generosity comes from. It also encourages me as a pastor to remember what will change people is not may telling them to be more generous but the gospel:
“Often books and speakers tell Christians that they should help the needy because they have so much . . . Ultimately it produces guilt. It says, “How selfish you are to eat steak and drive two cars when the rest of the world is starving!” This creates great emotional conflicts in the hearts of Christians who hear such arguing. We feel guilty, but all sorts of defense mechanisms are engaged. “Can I help it I was born in this country? How will it really help anyone if I stop driving two cars? Don’t I have the right to enjoy the fruits of my labor?” Soon, with an anxious weariness, we turn away from books or speakers who simply make us feel guilty about the needy. The Bible does not use guilt-producing motivation. . . . The deeper the experience of the free grace of God, the more generous we must become. This is why Robert Murray M’Cheyne could say: “There are many hearing me who now know well that they are not Christians because they do not love to give. To give largely and liberally, not grudging at all, requires a new heart.”
If I want to be generous and I want those who I lead to be generous I will preach the gospel and let the gospel affect our wallets.
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