As Christians, we know that we should give. But under the growing pressures to make ends meet each month, fear often stands in the way of generosity. And when we let it, this fear has the potential to rob us of an intimate relationship with God.
Fields of Gold will change the way you think about money and giving. When we truly understand God's power and presence, we can't help but trust Him to meet our needs. Doesn't it make sense to trust the God of the universe with your finances? Isn't it time to put aside the worry and start living in confidence?
Author Andy Stanley shows us that those who sow generously can expect to reap generously and receive a bountiful return—fields of gold, in this life, as well as the life to come.
An excerpt from Fields of Gold by Andy Stanley
Giving was simple when I was a child. From an early age, I was taught to take one dime out of every dollar I received and put it in the offering plate. I never knew anything else. I was raised to believe that giving was just one of the things you did with money. It was effortless. And since I wasn’t really earning the money anyway, I never felt any fear associated with giving. I certainly wasn’t concerned that giving away money might be a threat to my quality of life. I always had plenty to eat and nice clothes to wear.
But over the years, as my income increased, I began to notice a slight hesitancy in my giving. I was still giving a dime out of every dollar. But now it was adding up to hundreds or thousands of dollars at a time. And somehow that felt different. Whenever I wrote one of those seemingly large checks, concerns would run through my mind: What if I need the money for something else? Am I saving enough? What if I have an unexpected expense? Is anybody else giving this much?
My struggle didn’t stop me from giving a set percentage, but it sure took some of the joy out of it. As I began to evaluate my hesitancy, I concluded my problem wasn’t greed. It was fear. I was slowly turning into a fearful giver. Bottom line—I was losing confidence in my long-held belief that God was who He said He is and that He would do what He’s promised to do. Under the growing pressure to make ends meet each month, I was slowly becoming irrational in my thinking about God, his faithfulness, and my role as a steward of His resources.
Since that time, I’ve discovered that I’m not alone. For many believers, cheerful giving has become fearful giving. We are not opposed to supporting God’s kingdom with our resources. And we’re really not greedy. But we are concerned. We’re concerned that if we don’t look after our own needs first, they might not get looked after at all…
It’s on par with a farmer who, out of fear of losing his seed, refuses to plant his fields. As absurd as that may sound, many of us are guilty of hoarding the financial seed that God intends to be sown for the harvest that is to come. And it’s all because of fear…
Keep reading as Andy unpacks (and helps you overcome) this irrational fear of giving in Fields of Gold.