How much can I afford to give away?

I am sure this is a question all of us have asked ourselves at least once in our life. Whenever you see interviews among persons who just purchased their Powerball ticket, a common statement heard is, “If I win, I’m going pay for our new church addition, help cure cancer, feed the multitudes, and on it goes.” But in reality, the odds of us doing exactly that are probably less than our chance of actually winning in the first place. Still we say we will be different.

Being different comes with a price. This morning I woke to hear the fear from so many that our economy might once again be in free fall. The level of uncertainty and anxiety was tremendous and dominated all the network time. But in the middle of all the negative reporting, I heard one analyst when asked what the average investor should do say, “Do nothing…don’t panic…be calm.” That almost seemed like lunacy in the midst of the red and falling arrows I saw on my screen. And even more so as I watch the Dow jump up and down. But in the middle of this time I remembered these words from Luke 6:38: “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

Wow. Do I have the faith to continue to give in the midst of a questionable financial future? Do I circle my wagons and protect my assets out of fear, or do I trust that whatever the direction my worldly goods go, my eternal stock remains constant and strong, and I remain hopeful. I hope so. Because I know a sure thing when I see it. And I trust in the truth of scripture that all will be well if we trust and believe in the providence of God.