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Beyond Making a Living

By: Admin on September 15, 2013

From Doctor Yaw Perbi's message at Waverley Church on September 15, 2013. Dr. Perbi is the Canadian director of International Student Ministries.

Dr. Perbi gave us some great insights and some great sayings. Let's follow up on what he taught:

"We need to stop setting up mirrors and start to put in windows."

When we only look at ourselves, that is what we become wrapped in, the "unholy Trinity of me, myself and I. We need to look outside of where we are, through windows instead of at mirrors. We live in a generation where we want more things and when we receive those things we are never satisfied. God wants us to go beyond grabbing and go to giving. We were made for so much more than this. This is only "making a living". God has called us to "make a life."

Rom 12:2 says, "Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will."

Don't let the world squeeze us into its mold and way.

In Matthew 6:31 & 32 say "So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things" - Jesus says this is what the world chases.

Giving is the highest level of living (John 3:16) God lives at the highest level and wants us to follow his way. God has given a gift of eternal life, therefore give up small ambitions. God gives us higher returns for giving ourselves up for Him.

In fact, we were made for Giving. We can't work for salvation or earn it.

Ephesians 2:10 says we were created in Jesus to do good works. Good works don count to salvation, but they count after salvation.

There are many needs in our world and those of us who live in North America have the resources to meet those needs. 5% of the world's population is on this planet, yet we consume over 50% of the resources available. In the Old Testament the Israelites were told to give 10% of their income and harvests to God and God's work. In the early part of the 21st century, "Christians" in Canada give around 1% of their income to God's work. Why is it so hard?

Giving is our calling. When we don't give we live below our potential and call. True discipleship is a call to self denial not self fulfillment.

Topics: giving, message series

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