Discerning God’s will for your personal ‘Daring Faith’ COMMITMENT
How do you know what God wants you to give over the next three years? Here are some steps to determine your contribution:
1. Don’t rush your decision
Give yourself time to hear from God. The more time you give to consider your commitment, the more God will build your faith, and the more likely you will set yourself up for a miracle.
2. Pray this every day
“Lord, show me how to give in a way that stretches and builds my faith more than ever. I want to trust you for a miracle.”
God is more interested in you trusting Him than in the amount you commit to give. The more you sincerely pray this prayer, the more God will show you how you could give more than the first amount
that popped into your head. If you’re married, pray together with your spouse.
3. Remember our theme is “Equal sacrifice, not equal gifts”
Obviously, everyone in our church family doesn’t have the ability to give the same amount. God doesn’t expect that. But God does want all of us to make a genuine sacrifice for him, which will be different for each of us. If my gift is not a sacrifice, then it doesn’t require any faith at all. David said: “I will not sacrifice to the Lord an offering that cost me nothing” (2 Samuel 24:24).
4. Decide whether you will give by reason or revelation
When I give based on REASON, I simply look at how much I have, and I figure out a “reasonable” amount to give, and then I commit to give it. This is the most common way people give to charities. It‘s an act of unselfishness, but it requires no faith, and no sacrifice, so there’s no possibility for a miracle. Reason simply asks, “What can I afford to give?” But there is an even better way to give.
When I give based on REVELATION, I pray, “Lord, what do You want to give through me?” This kind of giving requires faith. The Bible says, “Without faith it is impossible to please God” (Hebrews 11:6). That’s why God honoured the people of Macedonia: “They gave not only what they could afford, they gave even more than they could afford!” (2 Corinthians 7:3). How do you do that? Only by faith!
You give more than you can afford because you are trusting God, in faith, to keep his promises. God has more promises in the Bible about generosity than about any other topic. Here is one: 2 Corinthians 9:7–8 says, “God loves it when we give cheerfully, so he then provides us with everything we need, and even gives us more than we need, so we can keep on being even more generous!”
5. Hold a family conference to discuss your contribution
If you have children, involve them, no matter how young they are. It’s an opportunity to teach them generosity and faith. Read these Bible promises and instructions and make a list of what you learn:
Proverbs 3:9–10 Luke 6:38 2 Corinthians 8:1–12 Matthew 6:19–20
Proverbs 11:24–25 1 Corinthians 16:1–2 2 Corinthians 9:6–12
6. Ask these questions in your family conference
For your offering:
- Is there anything we could sell or convert to cash?
- Is there anything we could do to create additional income for our offering?
For your weekly or monthly commitment for 36 months:
- How can we decrease our expenses in order to be more generous?
- Are there expenditures that we could sacrifice or delay?
- How can we increase our income in order to make a larger commitment?
7. Decide the total you’ll give (cash and commitment) and dedicate yourselves to growing in faith during the next 36 months!
Pray this over your Daring Faith commitment:
“Father, this is a big step for us – We’re asking you to stretch our
faith, strengthen our faith, and deepen our faith through this
commitment to be generous.
We realise that everything we have comes from you.
So we make this commitment for four reasons.
Firstly, to express our gratitude for all you’ve provided for us in the past.
Secondly, to show our desire for you to be first in our lives right now.
Thirdly, to demonstrate our faith in your promises to provide for us
in the future as we honour you.
And finally, to show our support for our church family
in making a difference for eternity.
Thank you for this opportunity to grow in trusting you
and thank you for our church family.
We pray this campaign will be a great success.
In Jesus’ name, Amen!”