The 90 Day Challenge
So, we believe that we are called to be generous with our lives. Jesus gave us everything including his life. Then it makes sense that if we claim to follow Jesus, shouldn't we be like him? Um, yes! Followers of Jesus follow His example and are called to a life of generosity with their time, their abilities and their income.
Since most of us wrestle with being generous (let's be honest, we do), the Bible gives us a good starting point for giving. It's called the tithe. The tithe simply is 10% of what I make. Here's how it's said in the Bible. 'Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse that there might be food in my house'. (Malachi 3:10) If we are looking for a way to be generous, then the tithe is a great starting point. Check out Steve's example from Sunday.
Malachi also gives us some clarity on a good starting point on where to give. He calls it the storehouse and we would call it the local church. Our generosity starts at the place that we call home. It's that group of people who we serve with or who pray for us. It's that place that helps my kids take steps in their relationship with Jesus. It's that group of people who I'm willing to do community with. So, Malachi shows us what and he shows us where.
What s even more incredible is that what God promises when we give. He says this, 'Test me in this', says the Lord Almighty, 'and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be enough room to store it'. God promises that when we are generous he is generous!
Now, that doesn't mean we give to get. It doesn't mean God will make us rich and that we will never have any challenges in life. He's not the tooth fairy, Santa Claus or a government handout. NOPE! Here's what it does mean. It means that God promises to take care of us. He promises to have our back. He promises to fill in the gaps. And sometimes, God will knock it out of the park and bless us in ways we can't imagine or even contain. How cool is that?
With that said, will you take God up on this challenge? For the next 90 Days will you give? I know, that seems pretty overwhelming doesn't it? But if God can save our souls isn't he powerful enough to provide for us? If God is willing to forgive us of our sins, isn't he more than capable of giving when we are in need? According to scripture the answer is YES!
So, will join us in generosity for the next 90 days and see what God does? Maybe that seems too lofty for now? Would you be willing to start somewhere? Give something? Trust God with a starting point?
We can help! We can come alongside and encourage you. We can even give you some resources that will help you as you step out in faith. Email us below and we will be happy to send along tools and resources that can help. Thank you for your willingness to give and trust God in this area of your life.