Building for the future - how regular giving helps us plan
Thinking through what biblical principles of planning might mean for our giving
Nehemiah had a plan
Nehemiah heard in chapter 1 that Jerusalem was in ruins. He was burdened to rebuild it, and in chapter 2 was asked an amazing question by the king: 'What is it you want?'
Nehemiah had an answer to that question. He had a plan. He knew how long it would take. He asked for materials to be provided and even a place to stay.
And the gracious hand of his God was upon him.
The biblical wisdom of planning
Nehemiah had a plan before a single stone was placed or timber cut.
There's wisdom here for all of us - whether we're undertaking a physical building project or whether we're 'building' something else (a church, business, career or our character), a plan helps a great deal.
A plan also helps us to set and get to our goal, whatever that may be.
Jesus warns in Luke 14, while talking about the cost of being his disciple and planning to follow him all the way to the end:
'Suppose one of you wants to build a tower. Won’t you first sit down and estimate the cost to see if you have enough money to complete it? For if you lay the foundation and are not able to finish it, everyone who sees it will ridicule you, saying, 'This person began to build and wasn’t able to finish.'
Luke 14:28-30 (NIV)
Again, the principle of planning stands out. If your 'building' doesn't get finished, then it won't serve its purpose, and the resources expended in laying a foundation will be wasted.
Taking it forward
Suggestions for prayer
- Pray about whether you'd be able to support BRF regularly. Even a small regular donation would make a difference.
- Pray that the 'gracious hand of our God would be upon us' as we plan for the future
To reflect on further
- Are there any other Bible passages that speak to you about 'building' or 'planning' for the future - if you'd like to, send us your thoughts via giving [at] brf.org.uk
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