I am not ashamed to say that growing up I used to watch WWF (now WWE, which is dumb but I won’t get into that) wrestling. I didn’t even just watch, I was a fan! Ordering the Pay-Per View events and eating Cheetos and drinking Mountain Dew with my friends. There was NOTHING better.
A prominent player in the WWF game that I remember loving to hate was Ted DiBiase AKA “The Million Dollar Man”. This dude had all the money in the world and he made sure everyone knew it. He would walk to the ring with money and throw money around everywhere. If he wanted a wrestler on his side he just bought the guy. He was NOT a stand up citizen.
One of the things I’m realizing more and more of is that wrestling is actually fake. OK, I knew that a LONG time ago but what I mean is that people like Ted Dibiase do exist but they are the exception not the rule. Very few people in the world today have money just to throw around. And, unfortunately, it seems that even less Christians and churches fall into that category.
As a staff member with NewThing I get to be around a lot of churches in many corners of the world. I have never heard one that has said they have enough money. Not a single one. There’s always something they’d like to do but feel unable to do based cash flow or the lack thereof. Whether it’s building a new building, planting a new church, supporting a missionary, hiring a new staff, or anything else churches may want to do. This is just as true of mega churches in Chicago as is it village or town churches in India.
“We really want to do (fill in hope/desire here) but we just don’t have the financial resources to pull it off.” Is a common phrase throughout not just churches but individual Christians as well. Heck, I probably say it weekly.
The phrase I don’t ever hear is, “We really want to do (fill in hope/desire here) but we just don’t’ have the faith to pull it off.” We often look at our budgets and blame them for why we haven’t done what we desire to do. When, in reality, it may simply be that we don’t have the faith to step out into the deep and do something beyond our financial capabilities. It’s just that it’s easier to name a tangible external item the culprit as opposed to looking inward and asking ourselves if we have the faith to do it.
My Dad is the king of one-liners. He’s got a plethora of sayings like, “Today is the first day of the rest of your life!” that I grew up hearing daily. After my Dad really gave his life to Christ about 10 years ago he added a new one, “Never let money stop you from doing something God has called you to.”
Not even just as church planters or church leaders but as Christians in general I think we need to take up this motto. What would the world look like if we collectively tapped into the unending resource of faith that we have in our Creator and decided to “never let money stop us from doing something God has called us to.”? How much different would our lives and the lives of those around us be?