My mission at WealthBuilders is to teach you how to make sense of making money for making a difference. In this blog post, I emphasize how you can practically enact the last part of that mission.
Here’s what I’ve learned— money itself is not enough. Serving the self is not enough to fulfill us— as Christians, we are eternal beings with infinity in our nature. We are designed to extend beyond ourselves and leave a legacy longer than our years. Wealth, all the wealth in the world, is not enough to curb our hunger. But a touch of God’s presence and a small role in His divine plan? Well, that stuff has enough substance to last us centuries.
So, how can we use our money for making a difference? I have four tips to help you.
1. Give a Tithe and/or Offering
No matter how wealthy or poor you are, you can always tithe and give something. It’s one of the simplest and first ways we can partner with God in our finances to do Kingdom work. If you’re already doing this, I hope this encourages you— God IS using your money for making a difference!
Giving God a portion of what He gives to us is a practice that goes back as early as Genesis. Technically, it’s all God’s anyway. Now, that’s not to say that we don’t work hard for that money and resource— to those who steward their resources well, God entrusts with more. When we give tithes and offerings, we are acknowledging God as our provider. When we know God is our provider, we don’t worry as much about having enough— as I like to say, we master money so it can’t master us.
Even though you should tithe at every level of wealth, I am passionate about teaching people how to build their wealth so that they can have full ownership and flexibility over their finances. When you have built wealth, you release a level of fully owning your options for where and how much you can give. There are more variables and ways to get creative with God, which is exciting!
2. Pray for the ‘Least of These’
As Christians, we have a responsibility to care for the disadvantaged and oppressed. Jesus even says that we will be held accountable for how well we did this when the final judgment comes. Matthew 25:34-40 (ESV) says, “I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, I was a stranger and you welcomed me, I was naked and you clothed me, I was sick and you visited me, I was in prison and you came to me.” Then, Jesus says that the righteous will be confused and take the statements literally. But He reveals this beautiful truth to them— “Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.”
Make the choice now to offer kindness. Pray for divine connections and opportunities to encounter ‘the least of these.’ Read the news and understand what is going on in your local, national, and global governments, and use that information as a guide to pray for the poor, sick, and disenfranchised. God values this immensely— in fact, He takes it personally.
3. Steward Your Opportunities
Every one of us has a different set of resources, opportunities, and connections. Prayerfully make a list of where you’re at financially and what you can afford to give. Then, consider the unique talents, skills, and relationships that you could leverage to help build the Kingdom.
God leads in small steps; and where God guides, God provides. The will of God is not usually eighteen steps from where we are now. So, there’s no need to get overwhelmed. Simply put your feet in the water, and then submerge your feet. Pretty soon you’ll be waist-deep in what God has for you.
4. Start a Nonprofit, Business, or Mission— or, Partner with a Preexisting One
Once you take stock of your resources, you can really begin to get in the game. If you’re in the right spot, maybe you want to start a nonprofit or business of your own. If not, no worries— there is no end to the preexisting organizations that could use your help.
When Jesus came to the earth, he not only provided for spiritual needs, but practical needs as well. He saw people’s disease, hunger, and thirst as a gateway for the gospel.
In 2015, I traveled to Uganda where my non-profit, Tricord Global, had invested a $500,000 loan package to Glory Bank. The pastor who founded Glory Bank came up to me and said this:
“Listen. Do you know what’s happening to our churches in the southern half of Kampala? We have a lot of Christian churches popping up, but another religion is coming and buying the land from under the churches. I’ve got two churches that have been evicted off the land where they hold church (in tents). So, I want to start giving them loans for their land. I’ll help teach them to run their churches financially. Billy, if we provide loans to those churches, then they can own their own land and have the pride of stewardship.”
I thought to myself, now that’s a kingdom mindset. It extends beyond understanding the gospel by using strategic ways to empower the kingdom of God to expand into a city.
Luke 6:38 (ESV) says “Give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured back to you.” How abundant is the image Jesus paints in that scripture? It reminds me of opening a shaken up soda can and watching it fizz uncontrollably. God sees your good deeds and generous heart! Let that encourage you– if you seek, you shall find ways for making a difference with your money.
If you’re looking for a way to use money for making a difference, one option is to partner with WealthBuilders. Your funds help us provide the financial education necessary to equip the people who receive Tricord Global’s Microfinance loans. Your partnership empowers our team to carry out the mission of making sense of making money for making a difference. Most importantly, your partnership helps us change people’s lives. Click here if you are interested in becoming a monthly partner.