At Life.Church we often say, “We will lead the way with irrational generosity.” We truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive. However, this statement is something we had to learn and something we’re still learning.
In 2006, the church was growing so rapidly we could hardly keep up with expenses. We also had more churches wanting to buy our resources. Our leadership made a decision to make all of our resources available for any church or ministry to use—for free. Videos, sermons, LifeGroup materials, kids’ curriculum, and now apps, building plans, and more. All free. We’re honored to know more than 130,000 churches downloaded free resources last year. Yet, the church that’s benefitted the most from all these free resources is a church called Life.Church.
Generosity does that. It’s the better end of the deal. It prepares your heart to be blessed so you can bless others (2 Corinthians 9:6-12). Our church’s choice wasn’t much different from a tithe. Tithe comes from a Hebrew word meaning “tenth.” Throughout the Bible, we’re reminded to return this tenth of our income back to God (Malachi 3:10). Think of borrowing a car from a friend and then giving it back to Him. It’s not really a gift back to Him. You’ve just returned it. God provides for us, and we return a tenth back to Him. God provides for Life.Church, and we return what we create back to His global Church. It’s less about God needing our money and more about us needing God’s generosity.
In what the Apostle Paul thought would be his last words to Ephesian church leaders, he chose to remind them to work hard so they could help those in need. Then he reaffirmed his words by quoting Jesus, “It is more blessed to give than to receive” (Acts 20:34-35). Giving away what we’ve earned may seem like an irrational way to live, but it’s the only rational response to the extravagant gift of Christ.
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