Fitness experts will tell you one of their biggest hurdles is helping people understand how much they’ll gain by losing that extra weight. Pastor JD Greear says there’s a big lesson in there for the church as well.
GAINING BY LOSING
We know how to teach it to our people when it comes to, say for example, their money. You can’t outgive God .. & you don’t give to God because you can afford it, you give to God because He’s a priority, and so He ought to get your first fruits. The irony is we don’t apply that as pastors to our own ministries. We feel like “Oh, I’ve got to keep all my good leaders .. I’ve got to keep everything because that’s the only way I’m going to survive.” In fact sometimes I think our people don’t believe us about what we say about money because they don’t see us doing it in other areas of our life. I think the same principle applies, we call it the principle of the harvest.
Greear’s challenge for his fellow pastors – step out of your comfort zone & trust a little bit more. It’s all in his new book Gaining By Losing.