Pastor's Note - What If...
Thu, November 14, 2019
“What if?” That phrase can strike fear in all of our hearts and minds as we consider all the things that could go wrong in our world, especially when it comes to our finances. Security is one of our basic needs, and thinking about all the “what if’s” can cause panic and anxiety when we think about future plans.
But what if the “what if” question wasn’t as much about fear, but about possibility? What if when we trust God, He can do far more with what we give, in our lives and in the lives of others, than we could possibly imagine or do on our own?
What if we humbled ourselves and prayed and surrendered ourselves completely to the Lord without any reservation? What if we actually believed God can do something extraordinary through us? What if we dared to believe these are more than just words. Imagine what God would do through us if we really trusted Him with what He’s blessed us with.
Jesus tells us to put God first in our lives. Jesus said, “Seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.” I’m sure all of us affirm these words, but living them out is easier said than done, especially when it comes to our money and stuff.
Jesus tells us that this is especially difficult with our treasures because “where our treasure is, there our heart will be also.” Jesus knew that whatever we treasure in life will shape our hearts, our passions and priorities. And so, Jesus urges us to be careful to treasure the right things in life. Treasures that will last. This is why Jesus tells us:
“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moths and vermin destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where moths and vermin do not destroy, and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6.19-21)
When we give, not only are we putting the Lord first in our lives, but we are investing the Kingdom of God and making an eternal difference in the lives of people. As Randy Alcorn has said, “live for the line, not the dot.” Live for the line of eternity, not just the dot of our short lives here on earth. Invest in God’s Kingdom, God’s people and God’s Word that lasts forever.
What if? What if we really believed these words and applied them to our lives? What if we decided to live for eternity? How would that change your perspective?
This Sunday, we will look at that question and what God wants to do in and through us at Friendswood Methodist?