Legacy: Putting Things in Order
Are your priorities out of place? If they are, don’t beat yourself up; we have all been there. We know that putting God first will rearrange our lives for the better, but it’s getting there that can be the issue.
When we have Godly order activated in our lives, it changes how we operate. We go from having a survival mindset to pursuing the things God has for us in every area of our lives, and that is absolutely transformative. How many of us today know that we were made to be a blessing? Genesis 12:2-3 (NIV) says: “I will make you into a great nation, and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” God was talking to Abraham here, but this is absolutely relevant in our lives today. Galatians 3:14 (NLT) declares: “Through Christ Jesus, God has blessed the Gentiles with the same blessing he promised to Abraham…” It applies to us, and we were made to reflect our Father and to bless those around us, and that means that we need to put things in order so that we can live that out in our everyday lives.
Order precedes multiplication. Always. So here are three steps to help you put your life in order so that your dreams and your purpose and God’s plan for you can be accomplished.
- The first step we need to take to put our lives in order is coming into agreement with God’s word. Prayer is coming into agreement with what God says; likewise, faith is coming into agreement with what God says regardless of what your circumstances are. That’s what the walk of the Believer is about: giving God your all and saying, “God, I agree with your no matter what it looks like.” It’s a choice. So when it comes to being a blessing with our finances, we first have to come into agreement with 1 Corinthians 10:26 (NLT): “For the earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it.” It is not ours – it is all God’s. He’s the owner.
We need to make sure that we don’t become like the rich man in this story Jesus told in Luke 12:15-21 (NIV): “Then he [Jesus] said to them, ‘Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.’ 16 And he told them this parable: “The ground of a certain rich man yielded an abundant harvest. 17 He thought to himself, “What shall I do? I have no place to store my crops.”18 ‘Then he said, “This is what I’ll do. I will tear down my barns and build bigger ones, and there I will store my surplus grain. 19 And I’ll say to myself, ‘You have plenty of grain laid up for many years. Take life easy; eat, drink and be merry.’” 20 ‘But God said to him, “You fool! This very night your life will be demanded from you. Then who will get what you have prepared for yourself?” 21 ‘This is how it will be with whoever stores up things for themselves but is not rich toward God.’” It can be easy to think that what we have and what we earn is due to us and our brilliance, but it really is God’s abundance that He wants us to use it to bless others.
- We need to be in alignment with God’s word. Let’s talk about stewardship for a second– stewardship is the management of the property of another. Everything we have is God’s, so why don’t we always act like we know that? We understand that God blesses us so that we are able to steward those blessings well, but we have to plan to be generous. We don’t just fall into being generous – it is a choice we have to make. Proverbs 27:12 (MSG) says: “A prudent person sees trouble coming and ducks; a simpleton walks in blindly and is clobbered.” Have a budget – plan on being generous and faithful with what you’ve been given.
We need to remember this, though: being good stewards involves more than just having a budget. Budgeting and having a plan for our finances is important, but the bottom line is we do those things so that we can have freedom. Freedom to give generously, freedom to enjoy our blessings, and freedom to walk in the plans and purposes that God has for us. Alignment with God’s word gives us that ability.
- We need to be ready for every assignment God gives us because we can have a major impact on those we are generous with. We will never know the extent of our impact, but you better believe that it is significant and that God uses our generosity to deeply bless those around us. It is written in 2 Corinthians 9:11 (NIV): “You will be made rich in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God.”
Imagine everyone we can impact when we are not tied down by our own lack of proper priorities. When we aren’t responsible with our finances and our own desires are first in our lives rather than God, we are unable to accomplish the assignments God has for us. But when we are living a God-first life, we have the ability to plan our giving and listen to the Holy Spirit when he wants us to move.
If you need help getting started, talk to our financial team here at Xperience Church; starting a responsible financial path can be intimidating, but you are not alone. The fruit of your finances can be a world changer to those it affects, and we cannot underestimate the plans God has for our giving. When we put God first and let his worldview organize our lives, we have the freedom to be blessed and be a blessing to those around us – and that is a life-changing thing.