Theme = ‘generosity’
Jesus said, ‘Life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’
Size doesn’t matter to God - so let’s give him what we have, however large or small, and trust him to use us wherever we are.
How we treat wealth is a barometer for our heart. Does our attitude to wealth reveal us to be generous, or greedy?
Instead of repeating the Old Testamentâ€™s laws about tithing, Paul replaces the entire system with one word: generosity.
Christian giving is not about fundraising or buying Godâ€™s favour. It is a way of responding (in secret) to God’s generosity to us - storing up the true treasure of a generous and godly life.
Financial giving is not fundraising â€“ it is faithraising.Â It is a vital way of us both expressing our gratitude to God, and demonstrating our trust in him.
â€˜Fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart.â€™ But sometimes the desire for human praise is stronger than the desire to be faithful to God.
It is my prayer that in all we do here our focus would be on Jesus. Yes we need to fill more chairs. Yes we need more money. Yes we need to reach out more effectively â€“ but in all that, let our focus first and foremost be fully on Jesus.