DO YOU THINK YOU ARE A GENEROUS PERSON?
DO YOU FIND IT EASY TO GIVE AWAY AND HARDER TO RECEIVE?
DO YOU FIND YOURSELF SEEKING TO GET MORE THAN TO GIVE MORE?
Okay, so I have just now given away my sermon thought for Sunday.
QUESTION: KNOWING. THIS. HOW. MANY. OF. YOU. WOULD. HONESTLY. STAY. AWAY?
Notice the blackened word. HONESTLY. If you knew the pastor was preaching about
giving generosity this Sunday, how many of you would decide it was a good day to watch your grass grow; or to look for moles as they moved; or to watch Mr. Smiley on the tube (that would be enough to get me to church)? Come on now! Even those of you who are pastors…be honest. You know…I’m not sure there is any more unpopular topic on the face of the planet a preacher could preach about than money. I don’t mind preaching about money; I just avoid it! Well… not quite but it isn’t on the Top 10 List of “Subjects I like to preach about.”
I reckon the question is “Why?” Why are we so stinking scared to preach or talk about money? I have heard all the arguments. I have heard all the “I go to church and all I hear about is money” to last me for a lifetime. “Aahh yeah. If you came more than once a year you would hear other things preached about.” Okay, so I am being
a little a tad bit cynical. I really tire of hearing that same lame excuse all the time. Truth is: one of the signs of a growing Christ-follower is generosity. We stop hoarding. We stop thinking everything is ours. We stop living for ourselves and what we can amass.
I would appreciate your prayers for me this weekend as I talk about one of the Signs of a Growing Christ-follower is They Exhibit Generosity. Let me ask you to take a look at those first three questions at the very beginning and tell me how you would answer them. How do you feel hearing/preaching about money? It will be interesting to hear your “take” on it.