Ministry takes money!!!
There is no getting past this because they expenses of daily ministry (fuel, ministry material, etc) and needs of those around you are definitely going to add up. This is why I’ve had to put a lot of though and prayer into a philosophy of money that’s called “frugal generosity.”
The basic idea goes like this……
I live frugally (simply) myself, so that I can give generously to others
Practically this means I save as much money as possible by being frugal (I prefer that to the word cheap)! Then the savings are organized in a lockbox since I deal mostly with cash. As needs arise for friends or church members the Lord leads me to help, I give out of the savings.
The Lord has greatly used those savings as a ministry to help others! Recently I was able to:
- Purchase a plane ticked for a friend who couldn’t afford it on his own
- Pay for a church member to have an infected tooth removed
- Give out groceries to two family’s without food
- And bring a friend to the house for Easter weekend for a time of relaxation
The important thing isn’t the giving though
It is the frugality so that I’m able to give
Living in an area where there isn’t a lot of work means many people have great financial needs. Obviously there are too many for me to reach every one of them, but the Lord has burdened me for those who are struggling (particularly close friends, or strong believers). Commonly individuals in great need will approach me to ask for some help (a few dollars, a bag of sugar, a bag of rice).
So my frugality isn’t just about saving money, its goal is to make sure I have something to put in the hands of the needy.
This basic way of living allows my money to become a tool in the hands of the Lord. For many, money is used for their own comfort, but frugality uses money to share the Love of Christ. Obviously this doesn’t mean I cannot have nice things and take care of myself, or I have to help everyone (I can’t). But frugal generosity ensures that money isn’t all about me.
It’s about those who have very little.
The focus of this post isn’t to make myself look good or ask for pity. It is to encourage others to embrace the frugal life, so that they can give away in a generous way.