In Touch November 27, 2009
Posted on November 30, 2009 by under Touché,

Where in the World Are You Invested?

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust consume and where thieves break in and steal;  but store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust  consumes and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”  (Matthew 6:19-21)

On Sunday, I said my hope for followers of Christ at HRC is that we all would be audited by the IRS.  My prayer is that the charitable giving of people in this congregation will throw up red flags so the auditors would say, “People don’t give that much away!”  The IRS could do a great service in keeping us honest, knowing where our treasure, and therefore, our hearts are focused.

How do you store treasure in heaven? The answer is to invest in things that are eternal.  Two things we know are eternal: people and the kingdom of God.  Jesus gives the promise of living the life we were created to live if we put first things first.  This is certainly reflected in our finances.

This year Hopewell is not doing any public pledge campaign.  What you give is between you and God, and is a result of your faith and response to biblical teaching.  The invitation I give you is to be honest about where your heart is.  The covenant card that is included below gives you an opportunity to be honest with yourself and God.  I hope that you will take some time to sit down with yourself and with others in your family to take a look at what you will give, but for God sake, and yours, GIVE!  Find ways to support things that are eternal.  Let your money flow towards the kingdom of heaven, and may it be the auditors—not Jesus—who say you have mixed up the priorities.

Yours in faith,


Where In the World Are You Invested?

“But strive first for the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things shall be yours as well.”  (Matthew 6:33)

I make this covenant between God and myself, trusting in his provision: 

In 2010 I trust that God will provide $_________ in total income.

Of this total I will return                         $_________ to the work of God’s kingdom.

This amount is equal to                            __________ % of my income.

I will give this amount                             $_________ to the work of God at HRC.

 This amount represents                           __________ % of my income.

We encourage you to place this card in the drawer by your checkbook and commit this covenant to prayer and action.