Ok, I just used that word to get your attention. But really, it is odd when you think about it. How can the most resource rich nation in the world find ourselves in such a financial state?!? We all know the Sequester is just a stupid attempt to force the different parties to come together on the budget. But the problem is that it leads us to “deficit thinking”. We focus on what we don’t have instead of what we have.
I am in churches all the time that operate on the basis of deficit thinking. They focus on the physical resources they don’t have rather than on the abundance of God. When we get caught in a trap of deficit thinking, often the first thing to go is generosity. We begin to think that we cannot afford to be generous. Churches cut mission giving, they cut benevolence; they pull back on doing ministry. The problem with this way of thinking is that it will never lead to a healthier church.
Your church will only be healthy when you are choosing to act in faith (“Without faith it is impossible to please God…” Hebrews 11.6). Your church will only be healthy when you give expecting nothing in return (“Give to the one who asks you…” Matthew 5.42). Your church will only be healthy when you put more faith in your Lord than in your bank account (“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth…” Matthew 6.19).
We are not sequestered!