Many of you have sung that in recent days as the song No Longer Slaves has moved about the world.
(Songs often set the theology of the church. Be awaiting for my friend Jonathan Mancha to rock the world.)
I am a child of God!
This morning I knew I was receiving the offering in my home fellowship, The Village Church. As I was praying the Lord asked me “What’s in your wallet?” (Is this a Capitol Won ad?)
What’s in my wallet? No money today. I knew that as I spent my last cash taking my grandson and my wife to the motorcycle races. Credit cards? Pictures? A license?
As I went through my wallet I saw something. I had a card in my wallet that got me a discount for using. Every time. Every time I went to a place, I get a discount. Preferred customer status.
The Lord began to talk to me about the fact that I had come into the kingdom and I had a “discount” card. I received value, when I was saved. I began to see because of my status I gave financially. Admittedly in the beginning it was obligatory to give. I felt as though I “had” to. My discount card saves me money every time I buy something, but I have to buy something. In giving, I felt as though I had to give.
What else was in my wallet? I found another card. It was a punch card. Every time I bought something, I received yet another punch. Another notch denoting my purchases. And when I reach enough punches, I would get a free drink or a free meal. I realized the Lord was showing me how I gave in another phase of my giving. I would give with the expectation that if I gave I would get.
Now neither of those are wrong in their biblical basis. If you are in the Kingdom, giving (cheerfully) is important. I know I gave because I felt I had to. I know I gave because I could. Give because you needed to. (Sow and you shall reap.) Now, I understand that if I give I will get. And even if I did not understand it I will. Even if I give for the wrong reason God will honor His word.
But I still kept sorting through my wallet. (My grandson tells me I need a new one!) And I came to the card that speaks of legacy. A card that has multiple uses on it, all paid for. (As a matter of fact I had two of them!) Why? Because I believe for tomorrow! Because they are for my family! This life is not about me, but it is about others. Family, friends!
I want to give that way. Give as if tomorrow needs ALL of it. To give not because you have to. Not because you can. But because you want to. Because you believe in the future. You believe in the generations to come. When you give “like there is no tomorrow” you will never give with purpose. You will struggle to back your giving with faith.
I am excited for the family of believers I work with fellowship. They are believing for the kingdom to come here on earth as it is in heaven.
I am excited that the message is touching others. Excited that others have had the same revelation. The world is changing.
What’s in your wallet?