Pastor Tommy shared that he was saved one day in 1997 and for three years, he read his Bible daily and attended church every week, but he didn’t interact with anyone in fellowship. He liked church for the opportunity to hear about God, but he didn’t like “church people.” He wanted them to stay away!
Then one day after Tommy began attending the Rock in 2000, a volunteer asked him if he might show him how to run the video camera during service. Tommy wanted to say no and leave, but he agreed and operated the camera for that service. The next week, the same volunteer found him again and brought him into the fold of ministry service. During this time, God revealed to Tommy that he had just been a fan, observing from the stands, for too long. He needed to get in the game!
When Tommy made that change and started to give of himself, God opened the windows of blessing, connected him with others, and poured out joy on his life like he had never before experienced.
As Tommy became more involved in various areas of ministry and small groups, he came to realize that “church people” weren’t necessarily who he had thought they were. When Tommy made that change and started to give of himself, God opened the windows of blessing, connected him with others, and poured out joy on his life like he had never before experienced.
Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously. Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. As it is written:
“They have freely scattered their gifts to the poor; their righteousness endures forever.”
Now he who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will also supply and increase your store of seed and will enlarge the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.
This service that you perform is not only supplying the needs of the Lord’s people but is also overflowing in many expressions of thanks to God. Because of the service by which you have proved yourselves, others will praise God for the obedience that accompanies your confession of the gospel of Christ, and for your generosity in sharing with them and with everyone else. And in their prayers for you their hearts will go out to you, because of the surpassing grace God has given you. Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift! 2 Corinthians 9:6-15
We must decide in our own hearts what we will give. We shouldn’t give in response to pressure or because someone else decides for us. God loves it when we give cheerfully – and then He provides all we need.
1. Change happens in a moment.
God tells us that He blesses us so that we can bless others. God can’t lie, so challenge Him to fulfill His promise!
Everything we do will eventually be tied to regret or reward. There is no in between. The Bible tells us that there will come a time when Jesus will look at everything we’ve done and give reward or burn it away. You can decide today to make a change and accept the community around you.
2. You can’t outgive God.
Do you want to have all you need? Give more away! Want to be blessed more? Bless others more!
God has given us everything, so anything we give is only giving back. This is not a message about giving your money, but giving your entire life. Everything you have belongs to God, so how are you turning that into blessings for others?
We are all naturally selfish with the desire to receive the immediate gratification of pleasing ourselves. So if we want to live a poured-out life, we have to ask God to present us with opportunities to do that each day and then be aware and responsive when He brings them to us.
For years, Tommy had been going to the gym alone, doing his weight lifting, listening to music, and slowly walking around the gym. But it wasn’t until he got involved with Cross Fit that he really began to experience exciting challenge and reward with his fitness. The difference is that Cross Fit provides him with culture and community – a group of people working together and encouraging one another for the same common goal.
The same is true with church. If you are just coming on Sundays, you are like Tommy wearing his earbuds in the gym; you’re missing out on an amazing experience that God wants you to have!
3. Ministry is an act of worship
And so, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice—the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Romans 12:1
God wants us to understand this! He wants us to experience the blessing that only comes from blessing others. Don’t know how? Just say yes! Respond when someone asks. Look at what’s available to you, see where you fit, and take a chance by getting involved.
4. You have no excuse.
Visit our ministry page online and find out about the amazing things God is doing in our city. Be a part of something bigger than you!
There is so much happening and such a wide varieties of ministries here at the Rock, you are sure to find somewhere to serve. Everyone has commitments and feels “busy” – you are not alone! Just do what you need to do to be a part of the community!