Next Steps Into A New Normal
September 5, 2021
Followers of Jesus give generously and sometimes sacrificially.
Born takers, become born-again givers. How? When Jesus leads, generosity follows.
Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. (Luke 19:1-2)
Architelones = the arch-tax collector
“Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed, for a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” (Luke 12:15)
“No servant can serve two masters; either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” The Pharisees, who loved money, heard all this and were sneering at Jesus. He said to them, “You are the ones who justify yourselves in the eyes of men, but God knows your hearts. What is highly valued among men is detestable in God’s sight.” (Luke 16:13-15)
Idolaters do three things with their idols: They love them, they trust them, and they obey them.
“Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So, he came down at once and welcomed him gladly. All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a ‘sinner.’” (Luke 19:5-7)
“He wanted to see who Jesus was…” (Luke 19:3)
You can have so much materially and be so empty spiritually.
“Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.” Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.” (Luke 19:8-10)
Zacchaeus made two remarkable promises:
1) He promised to give away 50% of his income to the poor.
2) His second promise did not have to do so much with charity and mercy but with justice.
God’s salvation does not come in response to a changed life. A changed life comes in response to God’s salvation offered as a free gift.
Jesus had replaced money as Zacchaeus’s savior. When Jesus leads, generosity follows.
All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had. With great power the apostles continued to testify to the
resurrection of the Lord Jesus. And God’s grace was so powerfully at work in them all that there were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned land or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and put it at the apostles’ feet, and it was distributed to anyone who had need. (Acts 4:32-35)
Owner → Steward
This is mine→This is God’s
Organizations focus on fund-raising. Churches focus on faith-building.
“I can’t do everything, but I can do something to help somebody. And what I can do I will do. I wish I could do more.”—Osceola McCarty
I say this not by way of command… (2 Corinthians 8:8)
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich. (2 Corinthians 8:9)
Jesus gave up all His treasure in heaven in order to make you His treasure.
To the degree that you grasp the gospel, money will have no dominion over you.
The antidote to greed is a reorientation to the generosity of Jesus in the gospel.
-Start your giving journey.
-Stick with a giving plan.
But generous people plan to do what is generous, and they stand firm in their generosity. (Isaiah 32:8 NLT)
For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.
Ways to give to Journey:
-Website – www.journeychristian.com
-Journey Christian App
-Mail – Journey Christian Church – 1965 S. Orange Blossom Trail, Apopka, FL 32703
-Drop off in offering station at campus