I respect Francis Chan a great deal. My wife and I spent countless hours watching his sermons during the first years of coming to Christ. While I respect his gift of teaching, I even more respect the fact that he truly lives out the instruction of Scripture, especially regarding finances. In a time where we see pastors arrive to church in Bentleys and wear $10,000 dollar suits meanwhile their congregation struggles with paying rent and having food on their tables, Francis stands out as a man that considers the eternal riches in heaven above anything he could earn here on earth. This quote sums up his approach to finances…
“Chan gives away about 90 percent of his income, doesn’t take a salary from his church, and has donated most of his book royalties, which have totaled about $2,000,000, to various charities.”
Talk about radical giving! Everyone is not called to this level of giving, but everyone is called to have their eyes so fixated on Jesus that the passing treasures of this world mean very little to them. I just want to encourage others based on Francis’ example. Let’s set our minds on things above and selflessly serve others with compassion as Christ did. Amen!
“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:19-21)