WHAT CHANGE DO YOU NEED TO MAKE?--PART III

SERMON TITLE: GIVE ALL YOU CAN

SERMON THEME: GIVING IS A BLESSING

 

INTRODUCTION: MAKE ALL YOU CAN, SAVE ALL YOU CAN, GIVE ALL YOU

CAN.

 

ACTS 20:35

35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”

 

·         YOU HAVE TO FREE UP ONE HAND IF YOU ARE GOING TO BE BLESSED SO YOU CAN BLESS OTHERS.

 

II CORINTHIANS 9:11

11 You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.

 

·         A GENEROUS GIVER IS ONE WHO GIVES WITH A JOYFUL ATTITUDE AND A COMPASSIONATE HEART.

 

JAMES 1:17

17 Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

 

GENEROSITY IS A DESIRE TO GROW IN FOLLOWING JESUS

 

I) TRUSTING GOD WITH YOUR BEST

 

LUKE 19:1-6

Jesus entered Jericho and was passing through. A man was there by the name of Zacchaeus; he was a chief tax collector and was wealthy. He wanted to see who Jesus was, but because he was short he could not see over the crowd. So he ran ahead and climbed a sycamore-fig tree to see him, since Jesus was coming that way. When Jesus reached the spot, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, come down immediately. I must stay at your house today.” So he came down at once and welcomed him gladly.

 

·         WE SEE THINGS BEGIN TO CHANGE WHEN JESUS MEETS ZACCHAEUS AND HIS MONEY.

 

PROVERBS 11:24-25

24 One person gives freely, yet gains even more; another withholds unduly, but comes to poverty.

25 A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.

 

·         IF GIVING IS GOOD THEN I WANT TO GET BETTER AT IT.

 

II) REARRANGE AND PLAN TO BE GENEROUS

 

LUKE 19:7-8

All the people saw this and began to mutter, “He has gone to be the guest of a sinner.” But Zacchaeus stood up and said to the Lord, “Look, Lord! Here and now I give half of my possessions to the poor, and if I have cheated anybody out of anything, I will pay back four times the amount.”

 

JESUS GIVES ZACCHAEUS THE GIFT OF HIS PRESENCE MOVING HIM FROM GREED TO GENEROSITY.

 

MALACHI 3:10

10 Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that there will not be room enough to store it.

 

·         WORSHIP GOD WITH YOUR FIRST AND YOUR BEST AND TRUST GOD TO BLESS THE REST!

 

III) START SHARING YOUR BLESSINGS

 

LUKE 19:9-10

Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

 

·         SALVATION IS A GIFT GIVEN BY GOD'S GRACE WHICH CALLS FOR A RESPONSE THAT INVOLVES YOUR WHOLE LIFE INCLUDING YOUR MONEY.

 

ISAIAH 32:8

But the noble make noble plans, and by noble deeds they stand.

 

·         ZACCHAEUS RECOGNIZED THAT RESPONDING TO JESUS MEANT CHANGING HIS FINANCIAL WAYS AS WELL AS HIS MORALITY AND HIS LOYALTY.

 

 

CONCLUSION: BECAUSE OF ALL GOD HAS DONE, YOUR ONLY REASONABLE RESPONSE IS TO BE A BLESSING IN THE LIVES OF OTHER PEOPLE.

 

PHILEMON 1:6

I pray that your partnership with us in the faith may be effective in deepening your understanding of every good thing we share for the sake of Christ.