As we pick up the story of Ruth, Naomi and Boaz, we find they have remained faithful to one another as they have become more connected, more like a family. Their witnesses have impact, as ours do. Their lives affected every generation for every season to come. Shane asked the congregation to consider the effects of our own witness today and on generations to come.
Our Christ100 emphasis is a road marker that sets the places of our journey and our witness. John Wesley gives us three principles about how to manage our resources:
- Earn all you can. We’ve all be gifted in ways that allow us to earn money and called to be faithful with what we earn. A proper witness is productive and hard working. It’s more important to prosper as a witness than monetarily. Wesley tells us to earn all we can so that we can use the gifts God has given us to make a difference in our world.
- Save all you can. Wesley isn’t talking about hoarding or being greedy; there’s a difference. Set a pattern of life that is reasonable and not extravagant.
- Give all you can. Wesley believed in a community in which you gave back everything — the community decided how to best use the resources. Wesley was a reverse tither; he lived on very little of what he earned and gave the majority back.
Every great journey begins with one step; it’s not just about giving money, but about how our lives are ordered and our priorities.
The first name of the first Christians translates from the Greek to generous ones, persons who are willing to give away all for faith in God.