Audible_250x188Only on a few occasions over the last few years have we deviated from our planned BIG IDEA.  This weekend and next weekend are one of those rare occasions.  And the reason is because we believe that God is calling an “audible” at Community.  We believe that God is speaking to us and giving us some new direction.  Much of this came to us after the entire staff spent a day in prayer and fasting. And God the audible that God is calling has to do with the next level of generosity. It would be easy to assume that this is about meeting a budget; but it is about something much bigger than that!

I think much of what God has to say to Community is found in Matthew 25:21, “The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful
servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I
will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” 
Community is a church that has been blessed with 5-talent ability and therefore 5-talent responsibility.  Over the last year we have set records in our giving and I believe God is saying to us “Well done!”   I also believe that he is saying to us as a church, “You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I
will give you many more responsibilities.”

This morning I was re-reading this section from Matthew 25 and the stuff Jesus said in Matthew 6, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  As I was journaling and three things jumped out at me about generosity that I had not really noticed before:

  1. GENEROSITY IS HOW GOD REWARDS US.“You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I
    will give you many more responsibilities.”
  2. GENEROSITY IS HOW GOD TRANSFORMS US – “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  Where ever invest yourself, that is where your heart goes.  If I give to others, I draw closer to them.  If I give to God, I draw closer to God.
  3. GENEROSITY IS CAUSE TO CELEBRATE. – The master says, “Let’s celebrate together!”   Generosity is never, ever a burden.  When God gives us opportunities to be generous it is a reward for faithfulness and cause to celebrate.

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