I Love My Church – I Love How Generous We Are

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” ‭‭Luke‬ ‭6:38‬ ‭NIV‬‬

I was blessed on Sunday at CROSSROADS to listen to my good friend Pastor Don Eslinger teach on generosity. I loved his story about a family who gave a beggar needing food their leftovers to eat. They were later doing the family budget and their young son was listening. The mom and dad discussed how much they needed for housing, food, and transportation. They then mentioned they could give the leftover money after bills to God. Their young son asked, “Is God a beggar?” The mom replied, “of course not!” So the son asked, “then why are we giving God our leftovers?” Seeing generosity through the eyes of our children can be powerful.
 
Why do we give God our “first fruits?” The pattern in Scripture is we are asked to give God our best. We are asked to give the first part of our harvest (or income.) The joy of giving far surpasses the fleeting happiness of holding on to our things. Giving recalibrates our hearts towards loving God, rather than holding on to temporary things. Jesus said, “it is better to give than to receive.” Could it be if we say yes to giving, our lives will be filled with more purpose and joy?
 
I know in my life tithing to the church has brought me joy as I see how my investment has changed lives. I have witnessed children learn important values through our Kids Own Worship and CROSSTRAINING ministries. I have experienced youth who have contemplated suicide and have found new hope in Christ. CROSSROADS has helped save their lives. I have seen CROSSROADS ministry strengthen marriages, counsel hurting people, pray for healing, and encourage parents. Many at CROSSROADS have grown spiritually through our dynamic worship and our life-changing small groups. I am so blessed to be a part of the CROSSROADS family. I love my church!
 
In Christ’s love and service,
Pastor Paul Marzahn