I’m talking about non-paid staff. I’m talking about people just stepping up with their time and their talent, and that’s so inspirational to me and so many.
So time is important. Talent is important. But the litmus test of the whole deal is the treasure test. Jesus said, “Where your treasure is, that’s where your heart is going to be.” Our soul is intangible but it’s influenced by the tangibles. I know mine is and I think yours happens as well.
God’s blessed us with this stuff. God is a God of firsts. God talks about the firstfruit, he talks about the first born, he talks about his portion. Jesus was God’s firstborn, his first fruit, and God gave us Jesus. John 3:16, “For God so loved the world that he gave his only son.” God gave us the best. Where did God direct his tithe, if you will? To the local church.
The Bible says everything I have is God’s. It also tells me to bring to God the first portion of my income. So my stuff is not my stuff. It’s God’s stuff. We understand that all the cantaloupes that I have are God’s, and when I bring God the first portion, the firstfruit, God blesses my life. He blesses my life relationally. He blesses my life of opportunities. He blesses my life financially, all different ways. God is God. He blesses in a myriad of ways.
You remember Eve back in the garden? Eve and Adam, man they had it going on, a perfect relationship. How many married people do we have here? If you’re married can you imagine a perfect marriage? Are you guys married? Can you imagine that? I can’t imagine that. Because I’m self-centered and so are you guys.© Copyright 2012admin, All rights Reserved. Written For: Ed Young Fellowship Church