Last week I encouraged us to be attentive to the social, economic, and physical needs of the people God puts in our everyday path – co-workers, neighbors, and family. In doing so, we are being like Jesus. Jesus was attentive to the immediate needs of others so they would be able to put those concerns aside to feel their deeper need for spiritual healing and experience his restoration of their lost souls.
God’s heart is for the lost and displaced. At the core of his plan, He longs to see us, his creation, redeemed and restored. One of my favorite passages in the Old Testament says something like this, God’s eye is moving back and forth urgently seeking for someone who has a heart like his. God’s redemptive purpose is being worked through us as individuals and as a church to restore this slice of his creation back to himself.
Here’s the beauty of having a heart similar to God’s and working behind him, he takes personal responsibility for changing the hearts of others. He doesn’t ask or expect us to convince or manipulate the hearts and minds of others with shock and awe, or a message of turn or burn. His Spirit is fully capable of turning hearts toward repentance and belief in Christ with a whisper.
Blessing others—being generous with the resources God provides us—is foundational to helping people find Christ but we can’t just stop at being a blessing to others, there is so much more! In fact, if you develop a habit of blessing people in your everyday path, you’re going to be questioned.
People are going to want to know “Why?” so be prepared to share your story of how God has blessed you and you want to be like him and bless others. This kind of action is contagious. This kind of freedom of loving others without any desire to receive back will draw people’s curiosity.
As you accept the challenge to be a blessing outside the walls of Richwoods, again, ask the Spirit of God to amplify your awareness of those around you. Ask him to bring to mind a face or name of someone in your everyday path of life who is burdened with a need you can be attentive to.
Just imagine the impact in the Tri-County area if each of us were to focus on, pray for, and bless one or two individuals in our everyday life as we follow in the wake of his heart for the restoration of the lost and displaced.
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.
If you have questions about the information shared in this fyi, you can contact our Executive Pastor, Joel Dryden by email. You can also leave a comment below.