In 2017, a C12 Peer Advisory Group attended a Journey of Generosity retreat hosted by Generous Giving.It was meant to be a disruptive gathering for leaders to have candid conversations and discovery around how God intends for us as leaders to steward our lives, families, and assets with which we have been entrusted. One of the exercises was a series of questions to review and reflect upon. With their permission, we will share these questions in three parts for you to reflect on in your own life.
Am I viewing myself as a manager or trustee of what God's given me, or seeing myself as owner and controller of my stuff? Are there things that God would have me manage differently if I acknowledged them as really being His?
Am I striving to use my income, influence, and privileges as God directs? Or am I assuming I know what He's asking me for (10% giving) and can use the rest as I choose? Is it a question of how much to give or how much to keep/spend?
As I continue to realize that Jesus gave everything by His death on the cross to purchase me, is there a new level of sacrifice I want to give and surrender to Him?
At what points in my journey with God have I realized His generous mercy in my brokenness and sin? Do I hold others to a higher standard than God holds me? Can I give radically to others even though they have brokenness and sin in their life?
Does the thought of sacrificial generosity make me anxious because I feel I don't have enough to make ends meet? Do I live trusting God to provide all that I need in the same way He provided His Son for me to be redeemed? Or have I compartmentalized my trust for my salvation, putting my daily needs in a different category?
Is Christ's undying love my true treasure, or do I treasure other things more? Is my money an indicator of my true treasure? Is it my reputation, comfort for my family, recognition? Or do I live my life knowing that His love and grace is all I need?
Does the thought of sacrificial generosity make me anxious because I might have to review my spending and give some things up? Are there things I've decided are non-negotiable? The place I live? The car I drive? Do I live believing that my ultimate treasure is in heaven and not in the comforts I desire on earth?
How much money do I need? Will my answer always be 'more'? Or, can I set a finish line for myself and give away everything beyond that?
What does it mean to give responsibly and wisely? How can I honor getting out of debt while giving generously? How can I honor saving for the future or estate planning while giving generously? Since Jesus praised the poor widow for giving away everything, is it possible that He is asking me to worry less about what I save for the future and to give more now?
Am I trustworthy to make financial decisions entirely on my own, or am I potentially biased by greed, comfort, or culture in such a way that it would benefit me to share my financial and giving goals with some mature Christians in my community? Who might some of these people be?
Reflect on these and we will share the next 20 over the next two posts.