There is a sermon that I would REALLY like for you to hear... I know that your time is short, especially this time of year. But I don’t usually ask a lot of you do I?
If you didn’t get a chance to hear Jacob Vandiver’s sermon from Psalm 100 this past Sunday at City Fellowship, trust me when I say that it will bless your soul (you can find it HERE, if you are so inclined). I have heard a lot of sermons in my day, but every now and again, one just hits you where you live… And it just sticks with you.
Here is something Jacob said on Sunday that just won’t let me go:
We tend to think that gratefulness is born out of our happiness. Meaning that when we are happy, we will be grateful for all the good things in our lives. But the reality is just the opposite… We will never be truly happy until we learn first to be grateful.
I have this sense that if I could get that idea to set up shop down deep in my heart, then everything about me would change. I mean, how would you treat people if your first thought of them was that they are each a precious gift from God? How would your attitude change if you were busy looking for the gifts in all of life’s situations instead of the irritations? I think everything would change! It would be revolutionary!
It reminds me of the opening scenes of the story of the “woman at the well” in John chapter four. When Jesus sits down at Jacob’s well and asks the woman who is there drawing water for a drink, she is scandalized! Why would a Jewish man stoop down so low as to even speak to a Samaritan woman? Especially one with her reputation? But Jesus says,
“If you knew the GIFT of God, and who it is that is asking you for a drink, you would have asked him, and he would have given you living water”
Jesus is THE gift… Not just A gift, but THE gift. All other gifts are just echoes of this one great gift; the gift of life that is to be found in Jesus Christ. When the woman first met Jesus she didn’t see a gift. She saw an awkward social situation charged with all kinds of racial and political overtones. But over the course of their conversation, her view of Jesus starts to change, and when she does begin to see Jesus for the gift he is, something very interesting happens: She immediately wants to share that gift with others.
It is in this spirit that we want to invite you to participate in our first-annual Christmas Missions Offering!
This Sunday, December 11th we will take up a special offering, 100% of which will go to fund all of our local, national and international missions efforts. Your gifts will go to support our own homegrown missions efforts like: Baby University, Room in the Inn and our in-house food pantry. But it will also go to fund church planters across the country as well as some exciting initiatives that are coming out of our growing relationship with The Raining Season, in Sierra Leone, West Africa.
You can give on the Givelify App or through our website. Or you can do it the old fashioned way and put your gift in the offering plate on Sunday. The way you give doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you give out of the same heart space as the woman at the well. As someone who realizes that they have received THE gift of gifts in Jesus Christ… And with a deep sense of gratitude, is eager to give that gift to others in return.