be rich

Every year, our church launches a campaign around the holidays called Be Rich. And it's not what you might think.

It's not about getting money. It's not about accumulating wealth. It's about 1 Timothy 6:18, which commands us "to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share."

Be Rich is about doing more, serving more, and giving more. It's about recognizing how much we could transform the face of Christianity if people recognized us by our willingness to sacrifice and serve rather than by what we believe. After all, as our pastor Andy Stanley likes to say, Jesus didn't tell His followers "By this all men will know that you are My disciples: because of how you protest" or "By this all men will know that you're My disciples: because of what you stand against." 

No. All men will know we are His disciples because of this: how we love one another. 

More and more, I'm discovering that change only comes from love that isn't self-serving or boastful. And wouldn't it be wonderful if people saw us and said, "I know Who they love! They are followers of Jesus. They will welcome me. And I know they care about my eternity because they care about my NOW."

Let's Be Rich today. And everyday.


Optimistic Existentialist said...

AMEN!! What a touching and meaningful post.

My name is Wendi. said...

:) Thank you! We have been greatly blessed in our city to be able to serve!