How to Increase your Faith Promise Giving Capacity

How to Increase your Faith Promise Giving Capacity

I recently asked our church two very important questions.

If you could give more to help missionaries, would you?
If I could show you how, would you be interested?

If anyone answered yes to both questions I invited them to a Production Capacity meeting in my office. In this meeting we had a brainstorming session on various ways to create wealth using our talents and abilities.

We began the meeting by reading Exodus 4:1-2. “And Moses answered and said, But, behold, they will not believe me, nor hearken unto my voice: for they will say, The LORD hath not appeared unto thee. And the LORD said unto him, What is that in thine hand? And he said, A rod.”

We spoke about Moses’ faith dilemma of a lack of confidence in leading the Israelites out of bondage. He expressed his doubt to God. God pointed to a solution by asking him what was in his hand. God took this object lesson to encourage Moses to use what was within his control, not what he couldn’t control. Moses had to trust God to bring about the deliverance.

Many times we allow our circumstances and other people’s opinions of us to hinder us from using our God-given talents to step out in faith to try to make something positive happen. We worry about the negatives rather than focusing on the power of God and His capabilities to do great things. Instead of asking “is it possible?”, we should be asking, “what can we do to trust God to see him work powerful miracles?”

I then asked the group of 20 believers “What is in your hand?”. One man said, “I have an Iphone.” I asked him, “Why is it possible for one man to have an iPhone and make millions of dollars a year with that and another man only uses it to play games – whats the difference?”. Purpose, focus and vision is the difference. All of us have different talents and skills available for our use. The tool in your hand doesn’t have to be the rod like Moses or the iPhone like the man in our meeting. The point is we need to take an inventory of what’s available to us and then employ those abilities to a very specific purpose and goal for income production.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish: but he that keepeth the law, happy is he.” Proverbs 29:18

We cannot give what we do not have. It stands to reason that if we are going to give more then we need to get more. Yes, there are many that cut their expenses and decrease their way of life so they can give to help others –  that’s a blessing! But, you can only cut so much and still live and take care of your family obligations. Remember, if a man doesn’t provide for his own house he is worse than an infidel (1 Tim 5:8). My encouragement and focus for our people is to focus on abundant opportunities of capital creation through business enterprises.

We then launched a brainstorming session, without critiquing the ideas, on what business enterprises we could launch using our various talents, skills and abilities. It was joy watching everyone’s wheels turn and put out ideas. Here’s a list we came up in only a few minutes:

Baby sitting
Yard work
House Flipping
Extra hours at work
Cleaning Houses
Life Coaching
Youtube Channel
Pizza Business
Stock Trading
Gold Mining
Shoe shining
Flyer Delivery
Fix & Flip Cars
Window Washing
Furniture Restoration
Wash Laundry
Dog Walking
Renting rooms in your house
Music lessons

The list could go on and on if we had more time to discuss our options and available opportunities. The point is that there are plenty of open doors for us to lift the lid on our financial capacity. The next steps are to select one or two options available, set a goal on how much you would like to make in that field, and get started.

“Wisdom is before him that hath understanding; but the eyes of a fool are in the ends of the earth.” Proverbs 17:24

“For a dream cometh through the multitude of business; and a fool’s voice is known by multitude
of words.” Ecclesiastes 5:3

“The soul of the sluggard desireth, and hath nothing: but the soul of the diligent shall be made fat.” Proverbs 13:4

Our meeting continued by discussing how most of us have uphill dreams but downhill habits. If we want to be successful in our pursuit to give more money to missions then we must increase our production capacity. Business enterprise is a way to do that. It won’t be easy but it is very possible if you are willing to work hard and put yourself out there. You have to be willing to fail early, fail often but always fail forward. The process of learning is often learning what doesn’t work and taking those lessons to find out what does work. The habit of embracing new things, accepting the difficult challenges, and continuing to move forward is the path to increased financial capacity.

At the end of the meeting I encouraged everyone to set two goals – Income goal and giving goal. One has to do with your production capacity and the other with giving capacity. Oftentimes people forget to connect these two goals together. This is a huge mistake because it will rob you of your purpose in working for the glory of God. If you simply make more money but fail to correlate that with giving to missions then you lose your purpose and end up quitting your business or even worse becoming wildly successful in a selfish pursuit. On the flip side, if you don’t increase your production capacity but increase giving capacity, you will end up broke and left feeling empty. Having both goals aligned will stabilize your growth and encourage healthy production and giving.

I asked one of our teenager girls what her goals would be. We came up with a hypothetical example that could be possible for her.  She said she would like to make $4,000 this year doing baby sitting and wanted to give $1,000 to the church and faith promise missions program. She wanted to give 25% of her production. Her vision and faith was a blessing to hear. It is certainly possible if she is willing to work the plan. We set up a plan for her on an average babysitting paycheck of $100. She first would tithe $10 and give $15 to missions. Of the remainder, she could create more flyers ($25), pay some other teens to pass out flyers for her ($25), and spend the leftover ($25). This is a simple example of using what you’ve been given to produce and empower your life. Plan your work and work your plan.

“He that is faithful in that which is least is faithful also in much: and he that is unjust in the least is unjust also in much.” Luke 16:10

In closing, Let me ask you “What’s in your hand?”. “How can you use those talents and abilities to increase your production and giving capacity?” Let me encourage you to select a business or businesses and start working to increase your income and giving. There’s a world of people that need to hear the gospel and your example and generosity can have an eternal impact in reaching them with the message of Christ.

To give you must get. The more you make the more you can give. Have faith and align your work with the gospel message. Empower your missions giving by connecting it into industrious business enterprises.

“I have shewed you all things, how that so labouring ye ought to support the weak, and to remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he said, It is more blessed to give than to receive.” Acts 20:35

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