GIVING TO THE CALL
Sunday, August 01, 2004
Do not gather and heap up and store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust and worm consume and destroy, and where thieves break through and steal. 20 But gather and heap up and store for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust nor worm consume and destroy, and where thieves do not break through and steal; 21 For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also. Matthew 6:19-21 AMP
Your heart follows your treasure—wherever your treasure goes, that is where your heart will go and that is where you will go. If you are truly a born again believer, then you love the Lord with all your heart, and whatever is important to Him is important to you. From the moment you invite Jesus into your heart, the first thing you give Him is yourself, the second thing you give Him is your money. The fact is that if God has your heart, He will automatically have your money, and if He has your money, He has your heart!
What has God called you to do? Are you called to full-time ministry? Even if you are not, you still have a major part to play in the kingdom of God. There will be no unused members in the body of Christ. There is absolutely no reason why any member of the body of Christ should not have treasure deposited in heaven. Every one of us has an opportunity to deposit treasure in heaven—through the winning of souls and/or by sowing our finances into the kingdom of God.
If you know for sure that you are not called to contribute to the kingdom of God by means of full-time ministry, know this: you are called to contribute in some way! No one needs to ever feel left out, because we all have the privilege of being a part of the plan and purpose of God through our giving!
Give into ministries that are doing what you are called to do. The more money you give into a ministry, the more you give your heart into it and the closer you come to being released into that kind of ministry yourself. Give into ministries that are doing things that you are not called to do—so that you can still be a part of building the kingdom of God in areas that are different from what you will ever be involved in.
You never know what God will ask you to do next. We sowed a lot of money, for years, into ministries who do mass soul-winning outreaches, because we were not doing this at that time, and then one day, the Lord called on us to do one. Because we had already sowed into other ministries, we could stand on God’s Word to reap a harvest on what we had sown, to pay for our crusade. We sowed into it and then God called us to do it ourselves and, best of all, He paid for it!
Your gifts to God and His work open the door for blessing in your life. They also open the door for favor—supernatural opportunities will come your way. If you are not called to full-time ministry—keep on giving your best—so you can have treasure in heaven. If you are called to full-time ministry—keep on giving your best—so you can have treasure in heaven and also before long your heart will follow your money. You will find all the right doors opening and you will be in full-time ministry, in the center of God’s will.