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WHY THEY DO AND WHY THEY DON'T!

Dear Crosswalkers,
 
This Sunday is our Annual Meeting! This is an important time for us to look back with gratitude on what the Lord has done through us. It is also a time to look ahead to what the Lord wants us to accomplish in his name. We will talk about the year 2020 being a year of transition for us.
 
We will be presenting Jonathan Veach and Geri Nave as new Church Council Members.
 
We will also be sharing in an ALL CHURCH LUNCH!
 
Please plan to join us. We’ve ordered a lot of food, and your presence is requested!
 
Next week your record of giving to the Lord’s work in 2019 will be mailed to your homes. Your giving report comes in handy during tax season, but even more importantly, it represents your generosity to the Lord Jesus and his church in this needy world. As I say in my letter to all who have contributed to our mission, THANK YOU, from the bottom of my heart, for your generous giving!!

This got me to thinking, “Why do people give?” and conversely, “Why do people NOT give?” Here’s a brief summary:

WHY PEOPLE GIVE:
 
1. They want to show their gratitude to God for his many blessings

The Lord said that those who have been given much, much will be required. Most of us have been given so very much, and so we feel a joyful compulsion to show our gratitude by giving back. God is the source of all goodness and joy. This includes the world’s beauty, gainful employment, family and friends, a roof over your head, and even your very next breath.

2. They want to obey the Lord out of love for him

There are many commands to give in the Bible, but obedience for followers of Jesus is always about the heart. It’s wanting to find out what God wants, it’s the beauty of having God as our healer and forgiver, our hope and our delight. Giving is always a reflection of your heart, of what and who you love.
 
3. They want to experience the promise of God’s blessing on those who are generous

At Crosswalk, we do not believe, nor do we preach the so-called “health and wealth” gospel. This is the idea that if you give, God will make you rich. It’s been called, “Name it, claim it;” or less charitably, “Blab it, grab it.”
Maybe the Lord will bless you financially, but maybe not. Jesus did say, “Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you” (Luke 6:38). The promised blessing, however, may be spiritual rather than financial. Many give because the Lord promised to honor their giving and bless their lives as he sees fit.
 
4. They want to make a difference in this world in the name of Jesus
 
God has called us to let our light shine, and to make a difference for good in this world. This Sunday at our Annual Meeting we will see some of the good things we have done with what God has entrusted to us. At Crosswalk, our mission is to passionately demonstrate the love of Jesus. I can promise that your giving has made a difference in this world for good, and for God!

So why would anyone not give? Here’s the sad truth:

WHY PEOPLE DON’T GIVE:
 
1. They aren’t grateful enough to show it
2. They don’t love enough to obey
3. They don’t trust the promises of God
4. They don’t care if they make a difference in this world with their life
 
Sad, but true.
 
Let’s number ourselves in the first group!
 
Love in the Lord,
 

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