Should You Give While Getting Out of Debt?

What is a good attitude to have considering your debts when giving? Should you give a small amount, or does that show a lack of faith in God to provide from His own hand? Or should you give as you would like to give, as if you did have the means, trusting in Him for your financial situation; or is that a lack of wisdom and lack of stewardship for your wife and kids?


Original question: “I have a question about giving. I will use myself as an example, but the question can be taken more generally. What is a good attitude to have when it comes to giving, when it comes to church, charity, supporting ministry efforts or missions etc, but you also have debts. We are about $400 behind on the rent, and it will take months of small affordable payments here and there to pay it off while staying afloat. I recently became a Christian and acknowledge truths like not storing up treasures on earth, not being anxious for tomorrow, not idolizing your money or trusting in riches, trusting in God as a provider, etc. And I do not think giving is optional.

Well as a Christian it is something you want to practice you want to be able to give and I think there is a text which says God provides or increases in order that we may be able to give more. So with these in mind what is a good attitude to have considering your debts when giving? Should you give a small amount, or does that show a lack of faith in God to provide from His own hand, does that show more of a self trust? Or should you give as you would like to give, as if you did have the means, trusting in Him for your financial situation, or is that a lack of wisdom and lack of stewardship for your wife and kids? I have heard you say that as a church you have tried to intend to give more than your abilities as a matter of faith. Is this wise or biblical concerning your home and families as well. Can you shed some light on the issue. Thanks.”