"REMEMBER THIS: WHOEVER SOWS SPARINGLY WILL ALSO REAP SPARINGLY, AND WHOEVER SOWS GENEROUSLY WILL ALSO REAP GENEROUSLY. EACH OF YOU SHOULD GIVE WHAT YOU HAVE DECIDED IN YOUR HEART TO GIVE, NOT RELUCTANTLY OR UNDER COMPULSION, FOR GOD LOVES A CHEERFUL GIVER. AND GOD IS ABLE TO BLESS YOU ABUNDANTLY, SO THAT IN ALL THINGS AT ALL TIMES, HAVING ALL THAT YOU NEED, YOU WILL ABOUND IN EVERY GOOD WORK." 2 CORINTHIANS 9:6-8 NIV
As our Lead Pastor, Thomas, has said before, this Heart for the House Offering is “not about equal giving but equal sacrifice.” This offering is about our relationship with God, and what we are willing to sacrifice.
God has promised us that if we give generously, He will generously provide everything we need, with plenty left over to share with others. As we are encouraged to give generously, it will be sacrificial for us. It will test our relationship with and faith in God, because we cannot give a sacrificial offering that costs us nothing. That is why it is going to take us into a closer relationship with God.
I encourage us all to risk it and stretch ourselves within our relationship with God. When we risk it and stretch ourselves, God’s full potential will be revealed and we will see great miracles. My own experience is that every time I think that I’ve stretched myself and sacrificed things, He always reveals to me that I could have stretched even further, and at the same time He proves that I am not going to miss what I’ve sacrificed.
So is there even any risk? No, there is not. God wants us to give generously and stretch ourselves in our relationship with Him. He wants us to be willing to risk it, sacrifice it and pay the price. He wants us to be closer to Him. Remember that God will not put an amount on our hearth to give that is unachievable or outside your faith or budget. He will take care of us.
Therefore, I encourage you to take a step of faith; stretch yourself, sacrifice things, and give beyond what you think is your ability. I pray that you will give with an overflowing joy in the remembrance that in all things, at all times, having all that you need, God will, through His abounding grace, enable you to abound in generous deeds.
- Simon Kusk