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Hope Day 15. Hoping Your Donations Make a Difference

By Bishop Wellington Boone  |   |  Category: Hope Devotional

“ ‘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.