We are in the middle of a series of posts about the core values of Calvary. This week, we’re looking at the value that we are called to “Give Generously.” Now, all of our values are important, but this is one of the more important values we possess. Basically we give generously because “We are blessed to be a blessing.” Whether it be our time, our resources, or even giving out of our ability, we have this strong, sometimes unreasonable, conviction, that God has gifted us and entrusted us with resources not to consume for our own well-being, but to be a blessing to the world around.
This is such a contradiction from the world we live in. We are told from every angle that we are to pursue happiness, wealth, and affluence. This has become the ultimate goal of our society. But as followers of Christ, this is not our pursuit. Our pursuit is one of love. In fact, Jesus said in John 13 that we will actually be known, characterized by, and identified by our unique, God-given love.
As a church, my prayer is not that we get bigger, better, stronger, or more impressive. What a shame it would be if we worked so hard just to be bigger for the sake of size. But my passion for Calvary is that God would grow us so that we can play some small part in growing the Kingdom of God. That God would bless us in every way, not to show off our wealth, riches or abilities, but to be a blessing to those in need.
Imagine how this approach changes the way you view the needs of our world? No longer is poverty, drug addiction and crime a “shame” that we shake our heads about, but when we understand that “we are blessed to be a blessing” those aspects to our world become opportunities to extend a blessing to those in need.
As you walk through life at work, in your neighborhood, or at the store, in what way has God blessed you to bless those around you?