If you’ve been a Christian for any amount of time, you’ve probably had an experience where God completely proved you wrong and proved how He is the One in control.
That happened to me this weekend.
This past Sunday we took up our annual Christmas offering called “The Big [re]Gift.” A few weeks ago our staff met and set a huge goal for this offering. It was one that would take an outpouring of God-like generosity to meet. Honestly, I was skeptical if we would really meet it. Then consider the fact that there was snow forecast for Knoxville. That’s like kryptonite for churches around here! Everyone stocks up on bread and milk while waiting for our blizzard of two inches of snow to hit (sarcasm MAJORLY implied!). And sure enough, on a snowy Sunday that kept around 1/3 of our regular attenders away, I thought that surely meant we wouldn’t even get close to reaching our goal.
I was wrong.
As of this morning, we are at 80% of our huge goal we set! Why is this a big deal? It means our church is going to be helping other new churches, an orphanage in Haiti, ministries at UT and in our community, people in our community who need us to show them Jesus, and people within our church who are in need. This pumps me up!
I am so unbelievably humbled and thankful to serve such a generous group of people. I’m still keeping the goal secret to not discourage anyone from giving what God leads them to give one way or the other. But on January 2 as we kick off 2011, I am going to share that goal with you and you will be blown away, too.
If you missed this past Sunday because of the weather or didn’t come prepared to give to The Big [re]Gift, you still can do so at any of our services in December. Just use the blue envelope that will be in your hand out. Or use our new online giving system that you can find at www.onelifeknox.com/give.
Thank you, OneLifers, for re-giving what God has already given to you and for modeling God-like generosity. It is truly making a difference and will continue to make a difference for so many lives!