As church leaders we can’t just ignore finances. Salaries, facilities, equipment, teaching materials, and so much more costs money. And, God does want us to be good stewards of what we have.
But, neither can we forget the great God we have who is able to create something out of nothing, who is able to feed thousands with just a little boy’s lunch, who is able to turn water into wine, who is able to give life to that which is dead, etc.
Consequently, we should be careful not to let finances limit the way we function as a Church.
Yet, if we are honest, the following can be heard in the Church, perhaps not in these exact words, but nonetheless a reality.
Quotes that Depict the Reality of How the Church Sometimes Functions:
“We can do all things if we have the right amount of money.”
“The church budget has given us everything we need for ….”
“For it is the giving of God’s people that enables us to fulfill His good purpose.”
“Without an adequate church budget, we can do nothing.”
If we match these sentiments against Scripture, we find a different, more hopeful reality with which to function. Money is not the beginning and the end of all we do. Rather, God is the Alpha and Omega, the beginning and the end (Rev. 1:8; 21:6; 22:13).
Quotes that Depict How God Wants the Church to Function:
“I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” (Phil. 4:13)
“His divine power has given us everything we need for a godly life through our knowledge of him who called us by his own glory and goodness.” (2 Pet. 1:3)
“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” (Phil 2:13)
“apart from me you can do nothing.” (Jn. 15:5)
Match the quotes against each other in the order listed under each section. Which set of quotes will enable the Church to function in ways that make an eternal difference? Which set of quotes can the Church hold on to as the most reliable means of functioning? Which set of quotes gives us hope in difficult circumstances?
Let’s remember that it is the greatness of our God that makes a difference, not the size of our bank accounts. It is His power that enables us to do that which counts for eternity not the money we have to fund the ministry. It is His ability to “do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us” (Eph. 3:20) that defines the possibilities, not how much money we have or don’t have.