Fresh Hope – 1st March 2016

There is power in giving.

There is also unquestionable blessing, when giving to the house of God for a special project or building.

Over the last few years, I’ve been privileged to know a wonderful man and his family, who works as the contracts manager for one of the largest building contractors in South Africa.

The company is widely recognised as one of the best in the nation and is therefore blessed with some of the biggest and best contracts to date.

All the board of directors are either non-Christians or just nominal church goers.

The company has done very well, but just like every other contractor, it has seen a massive down turn during the recession.

My friend, the contracts manager, is a fine Christian leader in his local church and from time to time has been able to assist the church in some of their building projects during the quieter times that the company has recently faced.

Such is his positive influence within the company, that they have even given interest free loans to the church to help them to build and do some renovations.

During this process, the directors have all noticed something quite amazing happening that can’t be explained away…

Every time that the work load gets slack, they offer to do work for the church just to keep their men employed and occupied for a few days;  incredibly as they do so, they notice that orders just flood in again. It happens every time to such a degree that the board of directors say to the contracts manager, ‘can you get us some work to do down at the church, because every time we send our workers there, we suddenly get flooded with orders.’

Admittedly this is quite amazing, but is actually not that surprising.

God has already set out a very specific promise in the Bible for everyone of us to take a hold of in Matthew 6:31-34 ‘…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, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them. But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well. Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.’

Whenever you put God first and look after His interests, He adds and then multiplies everything to you as well.

As Gillian and myself were just starting out as the young Pastors of our church, God gave us a specific promise, bearing in mind that I had just given up my salary, career, pension and prospects, in order to lead the church.

His promise was this: if you will build my house, I will build yours.

As the years have unfolded, His promise has come true. We have totally focused our lives on building God’s house, both spiritually with people, and physically with buildings, and into the bargain God has blessed us back over and over again.

Putting God first works.

Giving to God and His house works.

Living for God works.

Right now, we are asking the people of our church once again to dig deep in order to give to our new building project. I never feel bad about asking, for one reason alone…I know that God will bless everyone that gives many times over. No one loses out because they give to God’s work – instead, they come into supernatural blessing for doing so.

Luke 6:38 ‘Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.’

You can now view the ‘walk through’ video of the new church building, by going to our website.

Click here and scroll down, to watch the video.

Pastor Mark

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