We Get To Give
Text: Psalm 125
Legacy is what people remember once we are gone. We are all leaving behind a legacy, whether good or bad. Therefore, we want to be involved in that which truly matters.
We want to make a difference:
- At New Life
- In Vaughan
- In Toronto
- In Canada
In other words, we have: local missions, national missions, international missions. At New Life, we have given to missions in the Dominican Republic, Cuba, and Guatemala. We want to continue our generosity into the areas of the earth that hold 90% of the world’s poverty.
Too many people are following God out of a sense of duty, and not enjoying the ride. Following Christ should be enjoyed, not endured. We ought to serve Him with an amazing sense of passion. God wants us to fall in love with Him, more and more, and serve with joy and gladness. There is great joy in giving oneself.
Philippians 2:13 says,
“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” We need to let our hearts be stirred, so we can keep doing the best for our Master and Saviour, Jesus Christ!
In 1 Chronicles 29:3-5, David says he has given far and above, because he is so in love with his church. Then David asks,
“Now then, who will follow my example and give offerings to the Lord today?”
David did not want the people to give out of obligation, but because they desired to. See 1 Chron. 29:6-9.
We should all want to be part of a church where each person says, “I am willing to be a giver of my life, my time, my treasure, for the Kingdom of God.”
Giving is important because God is looking for it. How do we get a willing heart? Our desire and passion to give will come from clearly defining our why.
Why did you marry your spouse?
Why did you take that job?
Why did you buy that house?
We need this principle: “When I lose my why, I lose my way.”
Some marriages are in trouble because people forget why they married in the first place. Some people can’t enjoy their job, because they forget why they ever took the job. There was a day where we each chose to serve the Lord, but we often forget what He has done for us and struggle in our spiritual walks with Jesus.
We need to get back to the why.
Why do we get to give? Here are 5 reasons:
1 ) Jesus gave to us first
We should always remember the day God saved us through His Son Jesus Christ. Do you love Jesus enough, that He can ask you for anything, and you will give it?
See 2 Cor. 5:8-15, Matt. 10:8.
We need to fall in love with Jesus all over again!
John Bonnell said, “If one first gives Himself to the Lord, all other giving is easy.”
2) It is more blessed to give than to receive
“Blessed” in Greek is MEKARIOS which means, happy, content, fulfilled. God will never ask us to do anything that we do not have the innate ability to do with great joy. See Acts 20:35. If you don’t like your life right now, then find channels of generosity. See how happier your life will be!
3) We are in covenant relationship with God and each other
We must understand this: God has a plan for planet earth. Part of this plan is to group people relationally. He wants us close in unity, because we can do more together than what we can do on our own. This is why the devil attacks relationships! He wants us separated, only thinking about ourselves, so we will never be effective.
Our full potential will only be reached when we find our covenant families. There are many local expressions of the Kingdom of God. You need to find the church God has for you, where you can be in covenant relationship.
The Bible says, “You can only flourish, reach your potential when you are truly planted.”
Imagine a tree that is not planted in the soil? It will never grow!
We maximize our potential when we connect with other people. See Ecc. 4:9.
4) Our church has great vision
God has uniquely placed us in Vaughan, Ontario, Canada to make a difference. This is God’s plan.
Ephesians 3:8-10 (MSG) says, “And so here I am, preaching and writing about things that are way over my head, the inexhaustible riches and generosity of Christ… Through followers of Jesus like yourselves gathered in churches, this extraordinary plan of God is becoming known and talked about even among the angels!”
Christians all over this earth are making an amazing difference. If we took the local Church out of the world, we would have chaos! The local church is the hope of the world.
5) One day we want to hear Jesus say, “well done”.
If we only had one why it would be this one. We will meet Jesus! Imagine what a day that will be! Jesus will ask us what we did with His blessings, and our response will either be that we multiplied them, or did nothing!
Jesus will thank us for doing our best for Him. Jesus will reward us for all the work we did for Him, and with Him.
“The master said, ‘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!’” (Matt:25:23).
We cannot let Jesus down. We will share in His happiness.
Remember, there is more to this life than this life. That is why we give what we get!
This sermon was preached by Pastor Elio Marrocco on November 24, 2019 at New Life Christian Church