I talk with a lot of pastors who say, “Well, Casey, you don’t know our church. Most of our people are not even Christians yet. Â We kind of stay away from talking about giving because we don’t want to run off non-Christians.”
I usually let them finish and ask them if they have ever heard the story of the Rich Young Ruler. Â It is found in Luke 18:18-23. Â Check this out how Jesus responded to the rich, lost guy, “When Jesus heard this, he said to him, ‘You still lack one thing. Sell everything you have and give to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me.’â€
Jesus knew that this man had one hurdle in following; it was money. Â He made the “big ask” and the guy was “very sad”. Â Jesus was very clear about what he wanted the man to do – “give [your money] to the poor.”
What can we learn?
1. Â It is okay if people get offended if you talk about money, as long as you talk about it the right way.
2. Â Talking about money will thin the herd (decrease attendance).
3. Â Some people are addicted to money and can’t fully follow until they give more money away.
4. Â Jesus cared more about this man’s heart than his campaign. Â Notice Jesus didn’t say, “Give your money to my deal.” Â Jesus said, “Give your money to the poor.” Â Motives matter.
5. Â Jesus didn’t say, “Well, I hate to talk with you about this and you can do this if you want. Etc.” Â He didn’t apologize!Â You can quit apologizing too.
Do you have a hard time speaking about money because you are afraid of offending lost people?
How much do you speak about giving with your church?