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August 31, 2014 - Going Over To the Other Side - Matthew 8:18-22

posted Sep 3, 2014, 9:56 AM by Grant Garber   [ updated Jan 28, 2015, 6:46 AM ]
Main Thought
If you are serious about the Christian life, eventually  You get to a point where you just want to be a giver.
  • Jesus first appears as our Savior. Perhaps that is because He wants to heal us from whatever it is that has paralyzed us: hurt, guilt, or fear. But eventually a time comes when Jesus makes it clear to us that our paralysis was healed so we can get up and get back to serving.
  • Our first conversion is about realizing how much we need a Savior in our life. The second one is about being converted away from our own life. It is about going with Jesus to the other side of discipleship where we are givers. And we are never really disciples unless we follow Him there.
  • The consumerism of our culture is so pervasive today that even when we approach Jesus and His church, we wonder what we are getting for our dollar. We assume that money is ours, and we will support the work of the church if we get good service. Or we assume that we should at least feel better about ourselves after giving.
  • But sometimes giving isn't fulfilling. And to expect to receive a feeling of fulfillment when you give to the church isn’t actually giving; it’s buying.
  • The reason to give is because Jesus is trying to turn you into a giver. It is who you were created to be, and to follow Jesus is to be led back to be who you really are.
  • It isn’t the consumerist agenda that most impedes our ability to be givers. The real impediments are the emotional ones. Nothing impedes more than past hurts. You can spend the rest of your life burying the dead or the pain of the past. This turns your face to the past and makes it impossible to continue following Jesus to the place where you are transformed into a giver.
  • There is only one good reason to give. You have crossed over. You are now a giver.
Pastor Jim Spon | Matthew 8:18-22