“When God’s people are in need, be ready to help them. Always be eager to practice hospitality.” Romans 12:13 (NLT, second edition)
God wants us to use some of our money to encourage fellowship, to show love to other believers, and to build relationships.
Any time I give my money to God, it draws me closer to God. Any time I give my money to another person, it draws me closer to that person. When I give money to people in my small group or I invest in my small group, I grow closer to those in the group.
Any time I go out and buy a nice card and write a note of encouragement, I’ve just invested in God’s Mutual Fund. When another believer is discouraged and needs somebody to talk to and I buy him or her lunch, I’ve just invested in God’s Mutual Fund.
The Bible says, “When you extend hospitality to Christian brothers and sisters, even when they are strangers, you make the faith visible” (3 John 1:5 MSG). When we invest our money in developing relationships within the Church, it points others to God. In other words, when you invest in the fellowship of your church, it helps bring people to Christ.
Be creative! Be innovative! Put some thought into it. “Let's see how inventive we can be in encouraging love and helping out ...” Hebrews 10:24 (MSG)
Any time you give to other believers, it draws you closer to them! Where do you see a need in your small group or with a family in your church?
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Rick Warren is the founding pastor of Saddleback Church in Lake Forest, Calif., one of America's largest and most influential churches. Rick is author of the New York Times bestseller The Purpose Driven Life. His book, The Purpose Driven Church, was named one of the 100 Christian books that changed the 20th century. He is also founder of Pastors.com, a global Internet community for pastors. © Copyright 2011 Rick Warren.