Faith Promise Living

Posted: October 14, 2010 in Uncategorized
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In our church, we are in the middle of our annual missions emphasis.  It has been a sweet time meeting some of our missionaries and spending some time in “their world”.  I love missions.  My wife and I are committed to missions, and we believe that some day we will be used some how, some way, on the mission field.

As part of the missions emphasis, the members (and non-members) of our church are encouraged to take a step of faith, and make a commitment to give to missions (above our tithes/offerings) a pre-determined amount of money.  This promise is meant to challenge us to do something that on the surface may seem impossible.  It is known as Faith Promise Giving.  The idea is simple: Make a PROMISE, to GIVE, by FAITH.  My wife and I have been faithfully giving to missions each year of our marriage, and we have consistently seen God bless us, and we believe He will continue to do so.

I love the concept of Faith Promise Giving so much that this year I’m proposing that we take this a step further: Faith Promise Living

This still has to be thought out some, but I’m thinking that here at the blog, in our church, and possibly spread to wherever – we could see Faith Promise Living become a reality in people’s lives.  Here are some examples of a Faith Promise Living commitment you and possibly your family could make to God this year:

  • Go on a missions trip
  • Sponsor an Orphan
  • Adopt a child from another country
  • Start a Non-Profit organization
  • Start a blog
  • Volunteer somewhere in your hometown that would give you the opportunity to help those in need
  • Make dinners for neighbors or friends who just have a baby
  • Start a neighborhood bible study / or help group
  • Start a group that gives free oil changes to single moms

The list of possibilities could go on and on.

As you can see… some of these are simple, others would require a serious commitment.  But, if we’re creative enough, we could all do something.

When committing to Faith Promise Living, this may require that you remove something that is currently in your life.  It could be a club, or sports team that you are part of, or perhaps another hobby that you routinely partake in.  You may even need to cut back a few hours at your work.  Would it be hard?  Yes!  But if you choose something that you are passionate about anyway, the joy of serving would be so much more rewarding.

Remember the old saying… if you do what you’ve always done, you’ll be what you’ve always been.

Next time you see a rubber band, pick it up and STRETCH it.  Point it straight into the air and LET IT FLY!  That rubber band cannot fly to it’s max height until it is stretched almost to it’s breaking point.  Sometimes that is how God works in our life as well.  He wants to stretch us and then….

They will soar on wings like eagles;

They will run and not grow weary,

They will walk and not be faint.

Would you be willing to step out on faith?  What will your Faith Promise Living commitment be?  Toss it in the comments section and we can discuss and pray about them together.  I’m praying about what my family and I can do to make a difference this year.

Ask God to stretch you.  Nothing impossible through God.

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Comments
  1. Scott says:

    Matt,
    Great thoughts! This reminded me of a book I read recently called “Radical” by David Platt. Have you heard of it? He really challenges with the idea that rather than live a Christian spin on the American dream, we should live radical lives of obedience to Christ with radical urgency for the nations to hear the gospel.

    The part that reminded me from your post was Platt includes a “radical experiment” as part of the book. You can read more here (http://www.radicalthebook.com/movement.html) but this is the gist:

    The Radical Experiment involves five specific challenges to carry out over the span of a year:

    To pray for the entire world.
    To read through the entire Word.
    To sacrifice your money for a specific purpose.
    To give your time in another context.
    To commit your life to a multiplying community.

    • mattriggins says:

      Wow… I appreciate that Scott. I will check out that link. I’ve never heard of the book but it sure does sound interesting. I think if we all started living that way (which I admit… would be a big sacrifice) we would truly start to see God start doing some incredible things through our lives.

  2. Rachael Estep says:

    Have you ever read the book, “Take Your Best Shot,” by Austin Gutwein? He is the teenage boy who founded Hoops for Hope, a non-profit that raises money for and ministers to AIDS orphans in Zambia, Africa. If you haven’t read it, you should, and so should the rest of your youthgroup. It really challenges people, especially youth, to start living a life that will make an eternal difference. It’s about viewing the world, and our lives in a different light and taking action for Christ. The author makes the point that there are only two things in this world that will last forever, God and people. We know everyone will die a physical death at some point, but the person will go on. Our time on this earth needs to be lived for God and for people who need God. This book really helps the reader to start living in a more selfless way and with a heavenly-minded purpose.

    • mattriggins says:

      Rachel,

      Thanks for commenting!! I’ve never read the book. That sounds pretty awesome though. I think I will check it out and order it for the bookshelf in our youth room. Thanks for the input and great thoughts!!

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