Tuesday, May 28, 2013

Church Wide Fast Devotional: Day 2

Wednesday, May 29

“For He issues His laws to Jacob; He gave His instructions to Israel. He commanded our ancestors to teach them to their children, so the next generation might know them- even the children not yet born- and they in turn will teach their own children. So each generation should set its hope anew on God, not forgetting His glorious miracles and obeying His commands.”
Psalm 78:5-7 (NIV)
“A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children…”
Proverbs 13:22a (NIV)

The Bible clearly teaches that we, the people of God, are called to be a forward thinking people. When we not only consider the here and now but position ourselves to leave a mark on tomorrow, we honor our Creator. From its inception, Wave Church has always been a church with the future generations in mind.
In Matthew 21, Jesus teaches that a key ingredient to living this Christian life well is speaking to the mountains that we face in life. As our church rises up together during Provision for the House weekend—collectively believing to give over and above our tithes, offerings and Wave Foundation commitments $550,000 towards paying down $1M Kingdom Dollars at Seaboard—we are speaking to the mountains the generations of tomorrow will face by insuring that our church will be one positioned for strength.
We live in a world that has been taught to weigh the value of today’s choices through asking “what’s in it for me?” As the church, we are called to live as Jesus lived. We are His hands and feet in a world searching for truth. As such, we are called to live to a higher standard… but not just any standard, Heaven’s standard. As we step into this weekend of great importance may we be a people who instead ask the question “what’s in it for them?” We are a church with future generations in mind. Let’s leave a legacy we can be proud of!
What does the Bible say about generosity?
·      It was Jesus’ way of life (Philippians 2:3-11)
·      It is the road to true significance (Matthew 20:25-28)
·      What you give you will receive later and greater (Mark 10:29,30; Luke 6:38)
·      It opens you up to the greatest blessing (Acts 20:35)
·      It leads to true prosperity in life (Proverbs 11:25)

Think About It:
·      How has your life benefitted over the years through receiving acts of selfless-generosity from others?
·      As you have prepared for this weekend’s Provision for the House offering, have you been asking “What’s in it for me?” or “What’s in it for them?”
·      Ask God why He created you. What are you supposed to pass on in this life? Whose life are you called to influence?