December 3, 2019
GivingTuesday was founded in 2012 as the world’s largest giving movement, believing that we can go further and faster together.
At Calvary, we also believe that we are Better Together - that our combined resources can be maximized in a way that affords us great advances in our mission of making more and maturing disciples of Jesus Christ. When you give your time, talents, and financial gifts to Calvary, you are directly resourcing that mission both here in Saint Cloud and abroad, through our many missions partnerships.
How we go about stewarding our time, talents, and financial gifts all comes down to our understanding of ownership in those areas of our lives. I love how Randy Alcorn recaps some principles that apply to stewardship in his book The Treasure Principle.
- Principle one: God owns everything. I’m His money manager.
- Principle two: My heart always goes where I put God’s money.
- Principle three: Heaven, not earth, is my home.
- Principle four: I should live not for the dot (my present life on earth), but for the line (heading on into eternity).
- Principle five: Giving is the only antidote to materialism.
- Principle six: God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving.
While we may want to embrace these principles, they are not the easiest principles to live by. Living on mission through generosity requires that we live out of the understanding that our resources are not our own, but His. We often hold onto our time, talents, and financial gifts too tightly. When we understand that it all belongs to Him, our perspective radically changes.
God has given so generously to each of us that we cannot help but want to give back—our time, talents and financial gifts. With hearts inclined towards Him, we honor God with the resources and unique gifts we’ve been given, to move missional work forward in our community and around the world.
On this GivingTuesday, I encourage you to prayerfully join with us on this joyful journey to generosity and let’s see what God will do.
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