This Sunday, as part of our a1:eight missions emphasis, we’ll invite every CLC’er to make a Faith Promise commitment to support our missions efforts for the next 12 months. Many of you may not know about faith promise giving, or perhaps have never participated – so here’s why I want you to do so:
- You’ll get to practice hearing from God. Since Faith Promise is not a pledge, where you calculate how much you can afford to give, but rather is asking God how much He wants to channel through you, for the cause of Missions, and then listening to Him.
I can’t tell you how exciting it is to see the Lord speak specific numbers to people who pray that prayer, especially when He speaks the same number to husbands & wives even though they may pray the prayer at different times/places! And since EACH of us needs to hear from God about many decisions that concern us, this is a great practice to help us ‘tune in’ to His frequency!
- You’ll get to exercise your faith. In my 42 years of making Faith Promises (yep, we started the year we got married), I’ve never known the Lord to whisper a ‘safe’ number! It seems He always challenges us to believe Him for more than we think we can afford, and sometimes much more!
Let me ask you: when do you have to exercise faith in your daily life? Most of us have budgeted our finances for all our regular needs, have car insurance for accidents, health insurance for illness, and even a savings account for emergencies. So when do we have to trust God for something? Faith Promise is a great exercise for you to trust God to provide a specific amount of money each month, and the thrill of seeing Him do it!
- You are partnering with what’s truly on God’s heart! If you read Luke 15, you’ll see that God is more interested in lost people than anything else in the world (note especially verses 2, 7,10, 32). In fact, Matt. 24:14 makes it clear that the only reason Jesus hasn’t already returned to claim His Bride is that there are still people who haven’t heard the Gospel.
When you give to Faith Promise, you aren’t paying for a/c to keep the temperature comfortable in the auditorium, or for soft seats so you can sit through service in comfort or for the latest technology so we can have cool audio-visual effects at CLC, or even helping cover a pastor’s salary so he/she is able to meet your needs when you call – you are unselfishly helping fulfill the Great Commission Jesus left us!
I well remember the day about 29 years ago, as I was driving to my first day on the job of selling prearranged funerals, when I told the Lord that I didn’t know if I could make any money selling funerals, but that if He would help me, I promised that I wouldn’t just tithe those earnings, but that I’d give an additional 10% of my commissions to missions. That day I sold 4 funerals, earning hundreds of dollars, and for the next few years I consistently ranked among the statewide leaders in sales, even though I worked 2 or 3 days a week while pastoring. I know it wasn’t because of my salesmanship; it was because God honored my Faith Promise, and I was able to give thousands of dollars to missions!
Pray about it this week.
Listen for God’s voice.
Watch what HE does!
I can’t wait for this Sunday!