Giving in hard times

Christian giving

On his blog Chris Gallagher writes on the topic of what to do in case of loss of income. One good point he makes is especially important for Christians.

#4 – Reevaluate Your Values – There will be people who lose income and immediately cut out things like charitable giving, but continue [to] eat fast food every day with their family; do not be those people. Support the values you believe and let your family know that you will not sacrifice giving for a quick fix.

True Christian values — and of those, one lies near or at the top of the list, is the preaching of the gospel to the whole world. But it’s a fact that Christians cut back on their spiritual giving and that churches cut back, often at first sign of a weak budget, on their missions program.

This from people who supposedly are followers of the Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, whose “food” was to do the will of God in saving the world for his Father. Read John 4.

Christ calls us to suffer for his mission. Paul even called such suffering the completion of the suffering of Christ.

Now I rejoice in my sufferings for you, and I fill up in my physical body – for the sake of his body, the church – what is lacking in the sufferings of Christ.
Colossians 1.24 NET

At times, part of that suffering may well be financial.

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