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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Who Does It Belong To? by Roger and Anna Driskill

Who Does it Belong To?  

 by Roger and Anna Driskill

Luke 12:48: From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked. 

Let’s face it: this is an affluent church. We have a membership that, compared to many, has money. Despite what we know Jesus said about the rich man and the eye of a needle, we don’t feel guilty about having money, and we shouldn’t, if we have acquired it honorably, and we do with it as God has instructed. But, another saying, “From those to whom much is given, much is expected,” does apply. A pastor from another church once presented it this way:    

At the end of the week, you have a bowl of fruit, let’s say 10 apples. If you acknowledge that God made it possible for you to amass this bounty of 10 apples, you must also acknowledge that God is asking in return for 1 apple, and that you give it to Him with joy and appreciation. And God’s should be the best and first apple, not the small one with the wormhole.    

 But what if we gave back 2 apples, or 3, or more?   

So, “Will a man rob God?” Participating in Catalyst is a challenge to our congregation to sharpen our focus for returning to God what was already His. It is an invitation to participate in joyful, appreciative excess, to be enthusiastic givers of our financial resources, but also to hold our leadership responsible for using our gifts to enrich the lives of others, not just to fill our own storehouses. We are thankful for the ways we have seen congregational participation in this effort conducted with loving hearts, and look forward to seeing the gathered resources used more and more beyond our walls and less and less within them.      

Is God encouraging you to give back more?  What would it take for you to become a 2 apple giver, or a 3 apple giver?
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