Complaining- we all do it at some point, some (myself included) more than others, but why do we complain? Last week I was thinking about buying the food for a thanksgiving dinner we’re having with friends and I found myself complaining about how much all the groceries would cost, for a…
“God has not left himself without witness. He reveals himself in nature. He is not far from any man. He gives light to every man. But man rejects the knowledge he has, prefers darkness to light and does not acknowledge the God he knows. His knowledge does not save him; it condemns him for his disobedience. Even his religiousity is a subtle escape from the God he is afraid and ashamed to meet." -John Stott (Christian Mission in the Modern World)”—
“….I should really probably let go….But dontcha know….My knuckles start turning white….Cuz I kinda wanna hold on tight….Detox, detox, detox….Let go….[Note taken….Partially executed….Yet to be completed….] Trust God… (My Facebook Status)”—
“We are like the desperately near-sighted, inching their way along some great tapestry or fresco in the attempt to take it in. We see enough to recognize something of its quality, but the grand design escapes us, for we can never stand back far enough to view it as its Creator does, whole and entire, from the beginning to the end.”—Derek Kidner, The Message of Ecclesiastes (via ramrigells)
God asks for faith. He wants us to sacrifice in advance, not knowing that we’ll get anything in return; then he wants us to let him figure out how to repay us.
One of the great lessons Kay and I have learned is that you cannot out-give God. Whatever you give God, he multiplies. Three different times in our marriage, God told us to give away our entire savings. Each time we obeyed, and each time, God restored our finances in greater ways than ever before.
I’ll never forget one of our church building campaigns. Kay and I prayed about how much to give, and God told us to give an amount equal to one year’s salary. I didn’t know how we would live for an entire year without a salary, but we obeyed God.
About a month later, we saw God’s plan when a publisher asked me to write a book and offered an advance of $100,000. That book became The Purpose Driven Church.
Jesus makes us this promise in Luke 18:29-30: “Truly I tell you … no one who has left home or wife or brothers or sisters or parents or children for the sake of the kingdom of God will fail to receive many times as much in this age, and in the age to come eternal life” (NIV).
“Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain.” (1 Corinthians 15:58b NIV)