Part Three - Not Investing in God's Work
Last week, I talked about regrets. Today, let me talk about another Financial Regret I often hear and understand it to be an issue.
Financial Regret #2: Not Investing in God’s Work
Some things I know:
1. Most everyone desires to help others – a few exceptions.
2. Most everyone can help others in various ways – gift of helps, encouragement, mentoring, finances.
3. Most everyone will help others if given an opportunity.
Here are some wonderful Scriptures:
1. “When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 NLT
2. “Be generous: Invest in acts of charity. Charity yields high returns. Don’t hoard your goods; spread them around. Be a blessing to others.” Ecclesiastes 11:1-2 MSG
3. “Remember this: Whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows generously will also reap generously.7Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give,not reluctantly or under compulsion,for God loves a cheerful giver.8And God is ableto bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need,you will abound in every good work.” 2 Corinthians 9:6-8 NIV
4. “Let us not become tired of doing good; for if we do not give up, the time will come when we will reap the harvest.” Galatians 6:9 GNT
Here’s where I’m going with this today and next week. We have such a beautiful mix and blend of people here. I’m not sure how many nationalities. Blue collar and white collar workers. Doctors and all areas of the medical profession. Business owners, clerks and service providers, teachers and administrators, musicians, builders and farmers. We have so many who have been self-taught in their trades and have become experts, and many who have undergraduate, graduate, and post-graduate degrees. And of course, we’re honored to have current military and many veterans attending.
With such diversity, there is little we couldn’t do to greatly advance the Kingdom of God. So, I go back to those things I know.
First, most everyone desires to help.
A. We just weren’t created to go it alone.
I’m sorry, but no matter how hard we may seemingly try at times, you need me and I need you.
B. Listen to the Word of God from Ecclesiastes 4:7-12 NLT:
I observed yet another example of something meaningless under the sun. 8 This is the case of a man who is all alone, without a child or a brother, yet who works hard to gain as much wealth as he can. But then he asks himself, “Who am I working for? Why am I giving up so much pleasure now?” It is all so meaningless and depressing. 9 Two people are better off than one, for they can help each other succeed. 10 If one person falls, the other can reach out and help. But someone who falls alone is in real trouble. 11 Likewise, two people lying close together can keep each other warm. But how can one be warm alone? 12 A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken.
C. James 2:14-20 NLT:
What good is it, dear brothers and sisters, if you say you have faith but don’t show it by your actions? Can that kind of faith save anyone? 15 Suppose you see a brother or sister who has no food or clothing,16and you say, “Good-bye and have a good day; stay warm and eat well”—but then you don’t give that person any food or clothing. What good does that do? 17 So you see, faith by itself isn’t enough. Unless it produces good deeds, it is dead and useless. 18 Now someone may argue, “Some people have faith; others have good deeds.” But I say, “How can you show me your faith if you don’t have good deeds? I will show you my faith by my good deeds.”
19 You say you have faith, for you believe that there is one God.Good for you! Even the demons believe this, and they tremble in terror. 20 How foolish! Can’t you see that faith without good deeds is useless?
You see, I believe we have the desire to help and when we don’t, it’s basically because we:
1. Are uncertain as to what to do
2. Feel intimidated to try
3. Might be uncertain of the situation
4. Think the person probably doesn’t want our help
Nevertheless, as Christ-followers, we must help any way. The need is too great and the consequences too dire not to be His Hand extended and show the love of Jesus by helping.
Secondly, most everyone can help others in various ways.
A. What’s this got to do with, “The Church Just Wants Your Money”? Nothing! That’s the point. The church doesn’t just want your money, but God wants you to use your resources to help others and influence them with His love. I hesitate to say it because it’s been said so often, but I don’t know of a better way to frame it.
“The world doesn’t care how much we know until it knows how much we care.”
B. We are a Pentecostal church. We’ve been known for our emphasis on the Gifts of The Spirit.
I Corinthians 12:28 NLT:
Here are some of the parts God has appointed for the church:
first are apostles,
second are prophets,
third are teachers,
then those who do miracles, those who have the gift of healing,
those who can help others, those who have the gift of leadership,
those who speak in unknown languages.
· There is a gift of the Holy Spirit called the gift of helping others.
· Please don’t under-value this gift. So many of you have this gift.
1. Repairing things
2. Seeing a need and filling it
3. Ushering – greeting – parking lot team, door men and women
4. Basically, you are the people that, conditions don’t have to be just right to serve.
You don’t need a lot of affirmation and acknowledgement. You’ve just got this gift and freely give it.
You see a need and just take care of it. And you people make a difference!
5. Remember, it’s not the big things, it’s using what you’ve got.
C. Mark 13:34-37 KJV
For the Son of Man is as a man taking a far journey, who left his house, and gave authority to his servants, and to every man his work, and commanded the porter to watch. 35 Watch ye therefore: for ye know not when the master of the house cometh, at even, or at midnight, or at the cockcrowing, or in the morning: 36Lest coming suddenly he find you sleeping. 37 And what I say unto you I say unto all, Watch.
· Jesus left the care of His House. This is why what we do is so important. Yes, it takes money. Yes, we have to talk about tithing and giving – next week I’ll explain those principles.
But the reason is we – you and me – we have this mandate from Jesus to care for His House.
Jesus left them a job to do. As a believer, you have a job to do: share what God has done in your life.
Find a ministry here and get involved. Find someone in need and help. Your challenge and mine is to move from being takers and consumers to givers.
1. He is coming.
2. I want Him to find you and me busy in the Kingdom – our hands dirty from the harvest.
Posted on Sun, April 17, 2016
by Erika Catlett