March 13, 2019

Psalm 132:1–5 (NLT) — 1 Lord, remember David and all that he suffered. 2 He made a solemn promise to the Lord. He vowed to the Mighty One of Israel, 3 “I will not go home; I will not let myself rest. 4 I will not let my eyes sleep nor close my eyelids in slumber 5 until I find a place to build a house for the Lord, a sanctuary for the Mighty One of Israel.”

David had such a zeal to see that the house of God would succeed that he couldn’t enjoy sleep until it was accomplished. Would that all Christians would have the same zeal to see their local church succeed. What a wonderful testimony it would be to a non-believer to see Christians excited about their church and enthused with all the good things that were being accomplished in the community through the church family.

Of course for the church to accomplish much in a community the believers in the church must be sacrificial givers. Unfortunately according to most statistics only about 10-20 percent of believers tithe. A few years ago we at Hilltop were sending out teams to four different gas stations on a Sunday morning to hand out 20 cents off a gallon coupons to the people that came to the pumps. We had adults along with children on the side of the roads holding up signs that read, “Free Gas, No Kidding”. Others were handing out candy, washing windshields, pumping gas, handing out coupons, answering questions from customers and holding the doors open when they went the people went in to pay for their gas and get the discount.

There was a real excitement in the air. We got to answer the question, “Why are you doing this” by saying that we wanted to show them the love of Jesus. It was a great non-threatening way to witness. That fall the giving started to dwindle and the next summer we didn’t have the money to continue. I’m not complaining here or condemning or trying to guilt anybody. I’m just stating a fact. I believe we lost a great opportunity to continue to show the generosity of Jesus to our community.

As always there are those people who always seem reluctant to change. Instead of embracing it with zeal, getting on board and looking to see what God might be up to they tend to drag their feet and frown. So it was extremely encouraging to me when I talked to a husband and wife the other day and they said, “You know Pastor Dan with us bringing on Dallas to be our associate pastor we felt that the Lord was asking us to up our giving even more than we do now and you know that we go over and above the tithe. God has always blessed us for this and we want to keep honoring Him.”

Wow I just sat there basking in those refreshing words! Their giving was a heart issue. A number of years ago God had spoken to them about tithes and offerings. They had not been tithers but immediately they obeyed and they have been totally overwhelmed by how God has blessed them.

I believe exciting times are ahead for Hilltop. It won’t happen without our generosity. Father give us a zeal for your house like David had.

John 2:17 (NLT) — 17 Then his disciples remembered this prophecy from the Scriptures: “Passion for God’s house will consume me.”

Be Inspired Hilltop!