The night before Christmas was always really special as a kid. The anticipation of what would be under the tree waiting in the morning and all the fun of the festivities that surrounded it. As a kid, if you would have told me that I would enjoy giving gifts as a parent as much as I do I wouldn’t have believed you. But actually, I like it even better! I love knowing what the kids are going to get and watching their little faces light up with excitement on Christmas day.
We shouldn’t be surprised that it works this way, Acts 20:35 shows that the early church was careful to share this same idea. “In all things I have shown you that by working hard in this way we must help the weak and remember the words of the Lord Jesus, how he himself said, 'It is more blessed to give than to receive.'" Actually we know now that even science tells us that our brains respond when we give, we were designed to be generous!
This weekend we will commit together—just like a smaller group of people did a decade ago—to see how we can be a part of what God wants to do through us into the next decade and beyond. We are praying and hoping to raise $3 million (and adding no debt) to create significantly better spaces in our large group environments and parking lot to clearly share the better life in Jesus.
I’m asking you to do two things. First and foremost, pray. We’ve been talking about how we make our gift to Re:Vision a spiritual decision and it comes on the other side of these questions:
- What can I give?
- What can I sacrifice?
- What can I trust God for?
We are also going to be praying a specific prayer as a church this week, especially on Friday.
And second, decide as an individual or family what you’ll commit to what God wants to do through us and come Sunday with your three commitment and initial offering towards that commitment. All we’re asking is for you to ask God to lead you … and then be obedient to what you feel He is asking you to do … period.
I have been so excited to share what I believe God has put on our heart as a leadership team through Re:Vision—it’s God’s big number for us. And I hope you sense God’s big number for your family and can give it joyfully this weekend. God loves that kind of giving.
Re:Vision Gathering- Did you miss attending a Re:Vision Gathering. Watch it here.
Re:Vision Prayer Guide- Join us on Friday, October 13 in prayer for Re:Vision and the commitments being made.