- It's my money. I earned it. If you have this mindset, you have a big problem. According to God's Word, it's not your money. If He is truly Lord of your life, then everything belongs to Him. He call us as believers to be wise managers of everything He has placed under our care. Part of being a good manager is being obedient in giving back to Him. But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth... (Deuteronomy 8:18a).
- I am up to my ears in debt. I cannot give right now. OK, first question. Did God cause your debt problem or was it a result of poor financial management? My guess would be the latter. Why not take a different approach. Start living below your means. Get on a budget. Start giving something, anything that will start you down the path to generous living. Take on a second job to begin aggressively paying down your debt.
- I would like to give, but my spouse does not share my desire to give. This can be a huge challenge in a marriage. You really should be in agreement in all areas of your finances. So, first pray for your spouse that God will change their attitude towards giving. Second, give what you can from your own "walking around money." God will bless your willingness to give in a difficult situation, even if you can only give smaller amounts than you would like.
- I already tithe; that's all God requires me to give. If you are a tither, then great! You have graduated to first base in your giving. You've learned how to ride a bike with training wheels. Tithing is really just a starting point on the path of generosity. New Testament giving goes beyond the tithe. God wants all of us because He gave everything for us.
- Giving would be bad stewardship, if it chipped away at my investments; depleted my savings; or subjected me to tax liability. This is a lame excuse. If you have this thought process than you just don't understand what good stewardship is all about. Generous giving is the first step to being a good steward of all that God has blessed you with. Plus, God has a way of blessing the 90% (or less) that we have left over to manage. Remember, that God's math doesn't equal our math.
- I don't agree with how my church might spend the money. In His Word, God never put a prerequisite on our giving back to Him. He asks us to give back to Him through the vehicle of our local church where we attend. All of us, including our church leaders, are flawed human beings. Church leaders will make poor decisions. It's not our place to withhold our gifts. Be obedient and give back to the Lord. Let God deal with your church leaders because they will be held to an even higher standard on the day of judgment.
It's time for God's people to quit making lame excuses on giving. We need to stop living selfish lifestyles and living beyond our means. It's time that we learn Biblical principles on how to handle money God's way, including giving. Demonstrate your love and obedience to the Lord through your giving. For God so loved, that He gave... (John 3:16).
Do you ever find yourself using any of these excuses not to give?