generosity changes everything

 

Money makes me glad when I have it and sad when it is scarce. Talking about money and the church makes me nervous. Asking for money scares me. – in my head I know these statements reflect on my bad theology, my buying into harmful agreements with my enemy the devil. But my feelings, my heart, sometimes do not run in step with my mind.

 

Our congregation is in the midst of a stewardship campaign. We have seen some good things come out of this so far (why should I be surprised?). Two days from now I head off to Romania on a missions trip: I asked for financial support to help make this happen – and praise God, five donors have pretty well covered all the expenses! (why should I be surprised?).

 

Perspective, philosophy, attitude – the Christian views resources differently than the world. Generosity comes from our generous God – and that changes everything.  In that light, I am pleased to share with you a recent post by Pastor Rick Warren.

 

From Purpose Driven Connection – Rick Warren

 

Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. 2 Corinthians 9:6 (NIV) 

GIVING IS SPIRITUAL INVESTMENT, NOT EXPENSE

Generosity is helping with what you have where you are so God can get you to where He wants you to go

God often compares giving to sowing seeds. Like a farmer, if you go out and sow a bunch of seeds, you’ll get a bunch of plants. If you only sow a few seeds, you’ll only get a few plants. And if you sow no seeds, you’ll get no plants.

No farmer considers sowing seeds an expense. He sees it as an investment. He knows that if you don’t buy seed, you won’t have a farm.

When a farmer plants seeds, he’s excited about it; he’s hopeful about it. He has faith because he puts one corn seed in the ground and expects to get a whole corn stalk full of more seed than he put in. He looks forward to the harvest because he knows he’s going to be blessed.

Here are three things the Bible says about sowing and reaping:

  1. Whatever you sow, you are going to reap. If you sow criticism, people are going to criticize you. If you sow gossip, people are going to gossip about you. Whatever you sow in life, you are going to reap it back. Count on it.

The good news is, this works in positive terms too. Give it to God and watch his blessings flow onto others and back to you.

  1. You will reap more than you sow every time. A farmer who plants one kernel in the ground will get a stalk with eight or nine ears that have 100 to 200 corn kernels each.
  1. You always reap in a different season than you sowed. You sow in one season and then you reap the benefit in another season. You can go plant a seed today, dig it up tomorrow, and there will be no difference. But if you let it settle, slowly it will grow and produce. That’s the faith portion of the waiting period in God’s economy.

How big a harvest do you want to see in your life? It’s up to you. God says, “According to your faith will it be done to you” (Matthew 9:29 NIV).

Thursday November 18 2010 12:00 AM

Posted by Rick Warren

 

 

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About dougjohns

Doug Johns retired from ministry in Canada to devote more time to international work. Right now he pastors part time at the International Baptist Church in Bielefeld, Germany. He is a graduate of York Univ. (B.A.) and Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary (M.Div.). Doug is married to Yvonne and they have four grown children plus eight grandchildren. Doug has had significant experience as a Presbyterian Minister in Ontario, Saskatchewan, British Columbia and New Brunswick. He has served as Associate Pastor at West Congregational in Haverhill, Massachusetts; Doug is committed to international ministry in Romania; and he has taken leadership in Christian Camping as Executive Director of Camp Fireside, NH; Glen Mhor Presbyterian Camp, Ontario; Timberline Ranch, BC. .... avid baseball fan of the Toronto Blue Jays ... Managed American Legion Baseball Team out of Creston BC in North Idaho League. Doug is a serious runner with many international half-marathons completed over the last 6 years.
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