That’s Just Not in the Budget

26 Oct

We are deep in a recession. The housing market may never be the same. People are upside-down and inside-out. If you are like most people then you probably have more month than paycheck. Can you relate?

It is no different in the church. At NCC, we wrestle with making tough budgeting decisions. We want to make the best decisions possible with the money that God has allowed us to use for this time. But to be honest with you, I’m sick and tired of believing that the church is limited in completing the mission that God has given it due to economic hardship.

As a matter of fact, I might lose it if I hear another person tell me “well…that’s just not in the budget this year.” So…God is limited in his ability to turn people into fully-devoted followers of his through serving and learning about what real life entails, all because finances are bad. Umm…I don’t buy that. And you shouldn’t either.

Do you realize what the church can do in these hard economic times? The church can lead the way in re-shaping the value system of this culture by demonstrating radically non-sensical generosity. If every church in the US took in just one homeless person, we could end an epidemic and show the world that we take Jesus seriously about caring for the “least of these.”

By the way…there are families in every church that have the personal means and space to do this. And that is what “the church” is all about anyway…individuals banning together to do the great work of Jesus in a world desperate for grace and goodness.

There are so many other ways to help, too. 1/4 of all the women sitting in your church each Sunday are abused. Read that last line again. What can you do to make a difference? What if just one family in your church decided to open their own home to create a safe place for an abused woman? Can you imagine the impact we could make?

It is not acceptable for us to ever say “that’s just not in the budget.” Economic hard-times give us great opportunities to be generous in creative ways.

With this new kind of thinking, I want to ask you:

What dreams have you put on-hold because “that’s just not in the budget?”

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