“ ‘There is still one thing you lack,’ Jesus said. ‘Sell all you have and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven. Then come, follow me’ ” (Luke 18:22).
God wants you to prosper. The poor need your prosperity. They don’t need you to be numbered with them because you have no money, either. Have hope that you can have the resources to give to those in need and your donations can make a difference in many lives.
Almost all Christian leaders involved in evangelical revivals of the past believed that transforming lifestyles and changing the condition of society were of nearly equal importance to preaching the Gospel. In most cases, that takes financial resources. That is why churches and most ministries take offerings—to finance the work of reaching people for Christ. They need resources to meet both spiritual and natural needs.
Charity is the obligation of every Christian whom Jesus has called to both love God and love his neighbor as himself. Benevolence is not only done for its own sake. It is a means toward a higher end—reaching the lost and winning them to Christ. If you are rich in prayer, rich in the Word, rich in consecration, why should there be anything wrong with also being rich in money? Somebody is handling the resources of the world. Why not you?
“The LORD will give you an abundance of good things in the land he swore to give your ancestors—many children, numerous livestock, and abundant crops. The LORD will send rain at the proper time from his rich treasury in the heavens to bless all the work you do. You will lend to many nations, but you will never need to borrow from them. If you listen to these commands of the LORD your God and carefully obey them, the LORD will make you the head and not the tail, and you will always have the upper hand.” (Deuteronomy 28:11-14).
You can be a bank instead of going to a bank. You can be a lender whom others come to, not a borrower begging for a loan. You can be empowering businesses instead of looking for others to empower you. If your pastor wants a new building, you can be the first in line with a check. You just have to keep your heart right. If the love of money does not dominate your life but the love of God’s wisdom and the fear of the Lord, you can be trusted with handling money.
Lord, Use Me! — What to Do When People Walk on You Buga! Buga! is an expression from Ghana, West Africa, that means “Serious! Serious!” Ever since he first heard those words, Bishop Boone has used that statement to challenge himself and others to go to another level of Christ-likeness.
Dare to Hope is a message of fearlessness in a time of coronavirus. It is a great encouragement for times like these! In this 30-day journey to hope, Bishop Boone says that Christians can rebuild their hope and restore hope to individuals, families, and nations. He recalls Lamentations 3:21 when Jeremiah was troubled but he said, “Yet I still dare to hope.”
In Lamentations 3:21, Jeremiah was troubled but he said, "Yet I still dare to hope." Using the format of a daily journal, Bishop Boone takes the reader on a 30-day journey to hope. Each day, you read inspiring vignettes, study the Bible, pray, and write a journal of your day. Pleasing God becomes your priority. Each night, you examine your life to find anything that might cause you to lose hope. You see where you have been unlike Jesus, make changes, then go to sleep in peace.