Getting Around To It
Note: this is the personal testimony of Kay & Al Rogers last Sunday.
As we continue our journey towards inward growth and outward mission, we turn to the principle of Stewardship. Some think that this is when the church begins asking for money.
But it’s not about that. Rather, Biblical Stewardship is about where our hearts are. The Disciples of Jesus turned the world upside down by making spiritual values triumph over material ones. Aren’t we also called to do this? Stewardship is one of those places where we can learn how to do it.
It begins with the recognition that the earth is the LORD’S and the fullness thereof (ps 24). And thus we cheerfully return a portion of what He has given us to support His work on this earth. And as we do so, we learn important Spiritual truths… spiritual laws, if you will.
You’ve all heard that you can’t out-give God. You’ve also heard other versions of this idea: What goes around, comes around. You reap what you sow. But what does this mean? Is it true? Does it really work?
In Luke 6:37-38 Jesus teaches us about the spiritual law of giving. He said, “Judge not, and you will not be judged; condemn not, and you will not be condemned; forgive, and you will be forgiven; give, and it will be given to you. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will be put into your lap. For with the measure you use it will be measured back to you”.
In other words, you get what you give… pressed down, shaken together, running over!
So today... think... where is your heart? Billy Graham said, "Give me five minutes with a person's checkbook and I will tell you where their heart is."
Forty-three years ago, Kay and I were newlyweds and I was a brand new Christian. I remember a Sunday morning much like this one when a layman stood before the congregation and challenged us to give our hearts and our tithes and offerings to God so we could discover the truth of the law of giving.
We accepted that challenge and in faith committed a regular tithe to God’s work. And for 43 years we have never been able to out-give God. As a single-income family raising four children on a teacher’s salary, we discovered that God abundantly met all of our needs. When I resigned from teaching to start my own business, God continued to bless us and return to us far more than we deserved.
Today, I want to issue you the same challenge Kay and I received then. If you have not yet taken this step of faith:
- Prayerfully consider how much you will give every week or every month, to God’s work.
- Make your gift from your first fruits. In other words, your gifts to God should be the first payments you make, not from the left-over end of your paycheck.
- And then, when you make this gift on faith, discover that you can’t out-give God.
I know what some of you are thinking about now. "I may take you up on this challenge some time, Al. When I get around to it."
Well, I have just the answer for you. Before I’m finished, I’m going to make sure that you get around to it.
The ushers are now passing around paper bags filled with these tokens. Please take a token and pass the bag on. There’s a token for everybody. This is a round wooden token and its name is printed on the front it big letters. It says TUIT. T.U.I.T. TUIT. It is, in fact, a round TUIT.
So now that you have a round TUIT you no longer have to wait until you get around to it to accept this challenge.
If you do accept, you will learn the truth of the law of giving and you will be abundantly blessed.
Note: If you did not get a round Tuit last Sunday, please attend the Harvest Dinner on next Sunday, Nov 6. We have one just for you. After all, you know that you really want to get a round tuit.