Message From Matt | November 30, 2018

The 3 T’s 
 
“But this I say, He which soweth sparingly shall reap also sparingly; and he which soweth bountifully shall reap also bountifully.  Every man according as he purposeth in his heart, so let him give; not grudgingly, or of necessity: for God loveth a cheerful giver. And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye, always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6-8
 
When I worked for Wheeler Mission, I had the great opportunity to speak twice a year to Professor Charles William’s class at Butler University about homelessness, addictions and mental health and what we were doing to help individuals that were living in those situations.  The talks were interactive and it was always something that I looked forward to.  At the end of each talk Professor Williams would conclude the class with his plea for the students to use their “Three T’s” (3T’s).  My first visit to the class was the first time that I heard about these and since then it has always stuck with me. The 3T’s are simple: it’s your Time, Talent and Treasury!  
 
Whether you believe it or not,  here is the truth about the 3T’s….we all have them!  Even if you have a crazy schedule, you still have some time to give!  You might be one of those people who say you don’t have talent, but every single person has at least one talent!  You might have a little money or a lot of money, but we all can give!  Maybe you don’t have a lot of these three things to give, but let me encourage you with this truth….you don’t have to have a great amount of any of the 3T’s to make an impact!  Remember the Bible account of the poor widow who gave all that she had (Luke 21:1-4)?  She probably didn’t have much of the 3T’s either but it didn’t matter, she gave all that she had and is great proof that even the small things that we do can make a big impact!  She lived out 2 Corinthians 9“if you sow bountifully you shall also reap bountifully!” 
 
It’s a Heart thing!
What you purpose in your heart to do, that’s what you will do!  If you purpose that you can’t give much of your 3T’s, then you won’t give.  If you dopurpose to give, then you will; It’s all a matter of the heart!  When I determine to give and then do it, God has always shown me that He will take care of me (Hebrews 13:5, Psalm 37:25-26).  When He takes care of me, then it builds my faith and makes me want to continue the process!  However, if we don’t want to give of any of the 3T’s, then it shows a poor heart condition!  God wants us to give because we want to!  He wants us to give cheerfully and not begrudgingly!  He doesn’t want you to feel like you have to give…He wants you to desire to give!  He wants us with joy to give just a fraction of what He has given us!  He wants us to sacrifice just a fraction of what He sacrificed!  He wants our hearts more than He wants our money!  He knows that if our heart is right, then giving of the 3T’s will be done  right! 
 
God will take care of you!
Let me repeat this, God will always take care of you!  He has the amazing ability to take what you have, even if you think it’s a little, and make something big happen with it!  Some think that It’s easy to give when your money situation is good, but what if your money situation won’t be good until you give?  What if you won’t reach your full potential of talent until you start using the talent that you have?  What if you will never have enough time unless you start using your time for Him?  
 
We can easily misuse our money, time and talent! I have done that a lot in my life but God has given us instruction on how to spend our money…You Obey/Work/Give/Save = Your Needs are taken Care of = You have Greater faith!!
 
Let me end with this oldie but goodie, you can never out give God!  
 
Look for ways to give your 3T’s every day!
 

See you Sunday!