Family Life Center gym transformation project
Lessons from our series A Journey into Generosity
We saw from 2 Corinthians 8:1-10 that we can learn generosity, not only from others but from Christ’s example to us. We saw that in spite of deep poverty, the church was generous because they wanted to participate in what God was doing. They also gave according to their ability, yet liberally and with joy.
In the second message from 2 Cor. 9:6-9 we were shown that God commands us to increase our giving because we reap what we sow. This is not a motivation to give so we get, but because we are most like God when we are generous and least like the One we love when we aren’t. We were also reminded that we need to plan our giving and follow through.
Next, in 2 Cor. 9:10-11, we saw that a true gage of generosity is when we are trusting God for His provision and our hearts have a worshipful response to Him in our giving. This is very different from a mechanical tipping of God.
The last message from 2 Cor. 9:12-14 detailed the way in which God promised to enlarge the Corinthians’ harvest in every way so that they could be generous to others. These people in turn gave thanks and prayed to Him, for He is the one who made all that possible. Similar opportunities for us include the Family Life Center project that will directly benefit our church and future generations, the gift to a project in our region through Vision House, and a gift to an international project in Tajikistan. The latter two have already been funded by your generosity.
HOW TO PROCESS YOUR DECISION ON GIVING TO THE FLC Project
The good Samaritain (Luke 10:29-37) spent time to understand. He didn’t just throw some coin at the need. Likewise, through the material available on the Highlands website and brochures that will be made available to you, we invite you to become familiar with the objectives of the project, the current condition of the gym, and the remaining need.
Nothing prepares our hearts to respond to God like seeking His heart through prayer. Don’t rush this process. To align your heart with His, ask “God show me how to give”.
It is not about quantity; it is about faith and sacrifice. One of the guiding principles behind this campaign is “equal sacrifice, not equal gifts.” All giving in the Bible was proportional because God gives us different amounts of resources. God is interested in our hearts, not the number of dollars.
It is about seeking a commitment decision that is pleasing to God. For most of us, it is easy to find what is pleasing to us. But to find what is pleasing to God, we’ll have to struggle and stretch our faith through prayer and the leadership of the Holy Spirit. Here are a few questions to help determine if your gift or pledge amount is pleasing to God:
1) Does this amount really require a step of faith? (2 Corinthians 9:6-8)
2) Does this amount show I value my hope of eternal reward more than material things on earth? (1 Timothy 6:19)
3) Does this amount represent a genuine sacrifice? (2 Samuel 24:24)
4) Does this amount express the level of thanksgiving I have for how Christ and His church have blessed my life and my family? (Psalm 54:6)
If you sincerely go through this process, you will be able to arrive at a specific amount to give. The amount will almost always be larger than the first number that popped into your mind because it will be a step of faith. Most of all, we pray that through the process of giving, you will draw closer to Jesus.