4 Hindrances to Your Generosity

The parable of the talents tells us we are to use our resources to further the Kingdom of God. He gives us some resources and some time, called life, to place in eternally significant investments. We are to be givers. There are many of us who feel compelled to be generous with what God has given us, but we are unable to so. Our financial picture does not allow us do what we know we should do.

Let’s take a look at a few hinderances that can hold back generosity:

  1. Debt. Imagine, for a moment, you were free of debt. Imagine what you could do with the resources currently committed to a credit card company, even if it were just the amount of interest pay every month. Debt is a generosity killer. It limits the amount you can give, and your freedom to give without hesitation.
  1. The absence of a plan. Most call this a budget. A budget is your plan to manage your money well. Without a plan, it is easy to lose track of expenditures. Maybe, you eat out more than you should. Maybe, you spend too much money on clothes. And now you have less money to give away.
  1. Trying to keep up with the Joneses. Comparing your house, car, and vacations with those around you will create dissatisfaction in your life. And, ironically, no material purchase will alleviate it. Trying to match or outdo your neighbors and Facebook friends is a never-ending, never-satisfying pursuit. You will only find yourself frustrated and having invested little in Kingdom causes.
  1. Thinking it is ours. God owns everything. We are simply temporary managers of His resources. When we begin to think His stuff is our stuff, attachment sets in. And we are less willing to give it away. God did not design us to be hoarders, but conduits through which His generosity flows.

We are to be givers. It is what we were designed to do. Getting out of debt, creating a plan, and finding satisfaction with what you have can open up space in your finances to be more generous. They are pursuits worth chasing.

What about you? What challenges have you faced? How did you overcome them? Feel free to place your comments in the section below.

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2 thoughts on “4 Hindrances to Your Generosity

  1. I love to give but feel handicapped because of my current salary. I barely have to save, after giving my tithe but this month, after paying my tithe and other buy now pay later, I forcefully took out 20k (NGN) to save and made up my mind not to buy what I cannot immediately pay for. I pray I would be able to commit to this. There’s an adage that money is a spirit and would only come to those who keep it.

    • Thank you for your response, Sunmade. It sounds like you are on the right track. You have committed to giving a percentage of your income, are setting money aside, and desire to purchase everything with cash, not debt, so that you live within your means. This is the Give-Save-Live formula (http://bit.ly/1X5KVaK). Initially, it is not easy, but it is worth the effort. Keep it up!

      Of course, I do not believe money is a spirit, but a resource God gives us. Whether we are given much or little, we are to manage it well for something much larger than ourselves, God’s Kingdom. And God finds greater delight in the one who has little, but is willing to generous with all of it, than the one who has much, and is only willing to offer up a small portion to it.