Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. (1 Tim. 6:17-18)

Monday, October 20, 2008

Leap of Faith

This is one of my favorite scenes from the Indiana Jones film series. This is from the 3rd movie (Last Crusade) where Indy has to make a "Leap of Faith" on his journey to get to the Holy Grail.

Many times, I think we as believers know that God is calling us to make a leap of faith in an area of our lives, but we just can't do it. Our minds are so conditioned to think in terms of what we are capable of seeing in the present, that we cannot see what God can provide for us if we just trust in Him.

This has been my struggle over the last few weeks as our church has been going through a capital campaign. Early in the campaign, the Lord laid on my heart an amount of money to give that I thought was outrageous! I kept saying, "No, Lord. Don't you know that I have other plans and goals that I'm trying to achieve right now! Here's the amount my family can afford to give." Even after weeks of arguing with the Lord, though, this number has been so vivid in my mind, that it could only come from Him.

Two weeks ago, the leaders in our church were asked to fill out early pledge cards so that the leaders' pledge amounts could be announced to the entire church body to encourage them to give. The card that I turned at the time had the "I know we can afford this amount over the next three years" number, and I have regretted turning in that card ever since!

This past Sunday was our time of commitment for the entire church body to hand in their pledge cards. I sat with my wife during the service, filled out a new card, and showed her the new "crazy" number. She argued with me for a minute, then just told me to do what I thought was the right thing to do. So, when the time came to lay our cards on the altar, I had my youngest daughter walk up to the front of the church with me to put the card on the steps.

The amount of money that we have pledged to give is going to have to be a miracle from Almighty God! This pledge is WAY beyond our financial needs, and there is no way given our current financial cash flow that we can even make monthly payments that will make a dent in this amount of money.

Yesterday, we took our leap of faith and we're trusting in God to provide. What leap of faith do you need to make?

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