May 2, 2017
I get paid to go to church. Most people don’t. I’ve always had deep respect for people who take time to...
January 23, 2020
I’m selfish by nature. I think about almost everything through the grid of “How does this impact me?” I want to know if it benefits me before I’ll even consider it. Recently, our family purchased a used vehicle for my wife to drive. She was really excited as we were driving to pick it up, and has told me several times since then that she loves it.
I got a different car to drive, too: my wife's old car. I wasn't nearly as excited about picking it up because it was in my driveway and I had already driven it a hundred times. While she was excited, there was a part of me that was sulking because I was only thinking about things through how it impacts me. She loves the car, it's a great thing for our family, and if I take a step back I realize it's a great thing, even if it doesn't change a bunch for me.
1 Timothy 6:18 says, “Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others.”
One of the things I love about our vision to do whatever it takes to reach our community for Christ is that it’s inherently not about me. It’s actually about my friends, family, neighbors and co-workers who don’t know Jesus. It’s For Their Future.
For Their Future is a financial project that includes four initiatives that we believe will make an impact for the future at The Ridge and respond to some of the felt needs we have here. These things all have an impact on today so we can have a lasting impact in the future. We are just about halfway there. Through your generosity, $815,000 has been committed toward these four initiatives. If you want to learn more about this, click here.
Still, when I think about the four initiatives, I can feel the question creeping up: "How does this impact me?" Maximizing our facility will allow my kids to grow in Ridge Kids, and maximizing our ministry impact and staffing will be great, too.
But this project is really about how we can use what God has given us for the benefit of others. It’s really about being generous to those who don’t know Jesus. It’s about your friend or my neighbor or our families having a place to grow spiritually and connect relationally. And we have an opportunity to do good – to be rich by being generous and doing whatever it takes to reach our community for Christ.
How is God prompting you to use your money to do good?
Whatever it takes,