Niceville Campus eLetter
From our Lead Pastor
How much better would our world be if we all had more of a generous mindset?
But we don’t. We live in a world where scarcity rules, even economic theories like supply and demand are built upon scarce resources. It’s no wonder most of us struggle to have a generous mindset. But God’s economy isn’t based on scarcity. There is no scarcity with God. Our God is the God of abundance. In God’s economy, in God’s way of doing things, there is only abundance.
The question for us is: how do we tune our mindset of scarcity to God’s mindset of abundance?
That’s what we discussed this past Sunday in a new sermon series called “More Blessed”. If you missed the message, you can find it here.
If we’re going to have our mindset shift to abundance, then we’re going to have to make these shifts:
- From “not enough” to “more than enough”
You might not feel like you have enough right now, and maybe you don’t, but when we put what we have in God’s hands, just like the loaves and fishes, He can turn it into more than enough. Even if that’s ultimately in eternity.
- From “it’s mine” to “it’s His”
Part of our scarcity issue is we view everything as something we earned when in truth, all that we have is a gift from God. It’s easier to give other people’s money, and it becomes easier to give when we realize it’s all His anyway. When we trust God in that way, then He becomes responsible for providing.
- From “I’ll give when ______” to “I’ll give now”
Waiting to give is like waiting for a day that may never come. It’s putting God last instead of putting God first in our finances. I get it, not everyone can tithe right now, or give like you want right now for whatever reason; but everyone can give something on a consistent basis. Remember the Macedonians in 2 Corinthians 8, it wasn’t the amount that pleased God, it was their heart in giving and following through even in their poverty.
Like anything at Crosspoint, we believe you can do it, and we can help. To help you pray about this and think about what to give, we have a tool called the Giving Response Card that can be found here. This is for your use, not primarily for our records. Use it to help you consider how God wants you to give this year. As always, if you have any questions, please let us know how we can help!
Let’s cultivate a generous mindset. See you Sunday!
Jeremy Smith, Lead Pastor