Generosity That Reaches Beyond

Generosity That Reaches Beyond

This past Sunday we talked about going beyond Sunday.  We want what we experience, hear, and learn to last past Sunday.  We want our mountaintop moment with God on Sunday to impact the way we live on Monday.  For this to happen, we need to…
1.  Learn to live.  Our experience on Sunday will only go as far as we take it.  We must learn to live what we hear on Sunday on Monday.  It’s not enough that we just talk about, we need to be about it.  Remember, people are watching our walk, and our actions speak louder than our words.  So this week, be a Naomi to the Ruth around you.  Let people see what you believe by the way you live.
2.  Learn to love.  It’s so easy to love people like us.  It’s so easy to love people on Sunday.  The real challenge is to love people beyond Sunday who aren’t like us.  It’s great to have those mountaintop experiences with God, but we can’t stay there.  There are people down at the bottom of that mountain who need us to put our arm around them and love them through what they’re going through.  People are messy.  They’re going to get “their paws all over our concrete”. However, they’ll never find forgiveness and freedom if we don’t come down from our mountains and step beyond our walls and love them.
3.  Learn to give.  Our giving goes beyond Sunday.  It reaches and touches people that we know and people we don’t know.  God’s Word encourages us to tithe.  To give a tenth of our income to the local church so that we can continue to change lives.  I love the way our church gives above and beyond to make that happen.  If you want God to bless you financially, then become a tither.  Trust God with your finances by giving Him that tenth that already belongs to Him.  It’s not paying a bill, tithing is an act of worship and obedience.  Be a giver!

Romans 10:9-15 (NLT)

If you openly declare that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved. For it is by believing in your heart that you are made right with God, and it is by openly declaring your faith that you are saved. As the Scriptures tell us, “Anyone who trusts in him will never be disgraced.”  Jew and Gentile are the same in this respect. They have the same Lord, who gives generously to all who call on him. For “Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.”

But how can they call on him to save them unless they believe in him? And how can they believe in him if they have never heard about him? And how can they hear about him unless someone tells them? And how will anyone go and tell them without being sent? That is why the Scriptures say, “How beautiful are the feet of messengers who bring good news!”

 

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