Something to Think About:
This week, when I was thinking about generosity, I meditated on Matthew 6:21. Jesus is speaking and he says, “For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.” In one of Tim Keller’s teachings, he expounds on this passage and makes this statement, “Your money flows most effortlessly toward your heart’s greatest love.” The phrase, “Your heart’s greatest love” made me pause and think about my greatest loves, and if my money flows toward them, what would they honestly be? This is a personal question I pondered, not one that I necessarily need to confess to the masses, but it led me to do some deep soul searching.
Then I asked myself another question, “What do I want my greatest loves to be?” That was easy to answer. I want my heart’s greatest love to be Jesus. I want myself and three of my greatest loves, my husband and children, to grow in the Lord and have a genuine and close relationship with our Creator. As I thought about this, I asked myself another question. If Jesus is my heart’s greatest love and one of my heart's greatest desires is for my husband and children to grow in the Lord, what in our life is helping this growth the most?
The answer to that question, hands down, is our local church and the community we have found here. There is no close second. Our son was 3 years old and our daughter was 2 years old when we started attending LifeChurch. They have been discipled, loved, and poured into by countless people these past 10 years. Dusty and I have been, discipled, loved and poured into by countless people these past 10 years too. I have seen friends grow in the Lord and lives changed. The local church is so very important and definitely has a huge place in my heart. The answers to these questions brought me back full circle to the topic of generosity.
The local church is helping me and my family grow in the Lord. It helps refine us, and disciple us. It is a great honor to be able to give to a church that has such a large piece of my heart.
This week’s message from Pastor Dave will touch on some other really great aspects of generosity as well. We are excited to dig even deeper into this topic of generosity with you this week. I know this subject can get a little uncomfortable sometimes, and I would like to encourage you to meditate on Matthew 6:21 this week and maybe even ask yourself some similar questions. I know it was so good for me to do this. -Christie