Sometimes I think our view of God’s thoughts toward us as individuals can either enslave our heart or release it as we relate to others. Take Zacchaeus for example. He wasn’t well liked by his kinsmen because as a tax collector, he lined his own pockets by overcharging. I think maybe he felt like he’d been handed a raw deal, that God wasn’t looking after him, so he took matters into his own hands.
What a lonely place to be in. His heart had become enslaved and it separated him from God and others. Yet there was something about Jesus that drew him out. Hiding himself in a tree to catch a glimpse of Jesus passing through town, Zacchaeus hoped to watch undetected. Instead, as always, Jesus didn’t let anything or anyone go unnoticed. Jesus stopped, looked up and asked, “What’s for lunch?” Imagine the “Person of the Year” asking you to share lunch!
Here we see part of God’s character – he can be compulsive when it comes to stepping in and offering people release from their entangled hearts. It’s his nature.
When Jesus entered a room, the environment always got better. As followers of Jesus we take his spirit with us – thus when we enter a room, the environment ought to get better as we usher in the compulsive compassion and love of Jesus.
We each have the ability to bring blessing to others wherever we go, not just within the ministry of Richwoods. The PEACE Gatherings are a great way to connect with people who are on mission to be a blessing. Maybe it’s time you consider going to a gathering, there’s one this Friday.
On average Richwoods needs to receive $39.1K in gifts to meet its 2016 operating expenses, 10% of which goes immediately to Missions and helping people in our community who are experiencing financial troubles.
Our budgets are set on a calendar year, submitted by staff and approved by the Elders of Richwoods. Our ability to meet the needs of the people, provide programs, offer ministry opportunities, and so on, are all contingent on the faithful and generous giving of the people who call Richwoods their church home. As a church we do not take annual pledges to set a budget but we work off of our historical giving and attendance patterns to project a conservative budget.
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