From time to time on here, I like to simply post about some tools that are available to you to grow in your relationship with Jesus. One of the ways that we have highlighted as a catalyst for spiritual growth is generosity.
In Matthew 6:21, Jesus introduces the principle that where our treasure is, there our heart is also. Jesus is directly connecting our money, possessions, and financial resources with our hearts. In other words, if you want to see where my heart is, follow my checkbook. (Okay, my debit card. Who uses checks?) There have been some seasons where my heart has been inclined toward God. But unfortunately, there have also been a lot of seasons where my heart was given more to the Gap. Or Starbucks. Or my car. Or the latest iWhatever that Apple just released.
Many of you have made it a regular pattern of your lives to be generous towards God’s mission through the church. That’s awesome. I’m thankful for your generosity. But I also know that some of you are on the edge. Maybe you’ve thought about it, but for whatever reason, you haven’t taken that dive yet.
I’m excited to announce to you a great opportunity to make a difference in our world and to grow in generosity. At our Christmas Eve worship gatherings at each campus, we’ll be receiving our annual compassion offering. Each year, the offering we receive on Christmas Eve goes to fuel and fund all of next year’s compassion ministry. Our compassion ministry is responsible for helping people in our community who are having a tough time. We’ve helped to pay rent, NIPSCO bills, and helped people out with tons of gas and food cards. In many of these situations, people have fallen on tough times. They’ve lost a job, had a death in their family, went through a divorce, or something else and they’ve needed help and Suncrest has gotten a chance to step in and help! And it’s all thanks to your generosity.
If you’re on the edge about giving, I think giving on Christmas Eve could be a great next step. If you’re already giving regularly, great! Would you consider going above and beyond on Christmas Eve to make an even bigger difference? Again, you can give in service or you can even give online by clicking here, selecting “Give Online” and by giving under the “Compassion” option. I truly believe this is a way that God uses to shape and change our hearts. Experience that difference and be generous to our communities on behalf of the kingdom of God!