What do 2 to 10, 5 to 100, and 65 to 0 represent?
No - this isn’t a Jeopardy question, or some weird math formula...not even stats for a new sports car. But, what each statistic does represent is what the Lord has done in our midst over the past 25 years. It’s been truly amazing and nothing short of miraculous!
If you are new to our church, you may not realize that over the past 25 years our church membership has grown from less than 2,000 to over 10,000. We have grown from 5 ministries to over 100 ministries, which includes First Baptist Academy. And the Lord enabled us to pay off nearly $65 million used for the purchase and construction of our church and school campus and facilities.
Wow! God has provided and been at work in our midst. As Nehemiah tells us “...the good hand of God has been upon us.”
Yet, as we look to the future, we need to keep this question before us:
What does the Lord have next for us?
Can we just sit back and relax? Is the Lord done with us? No! Pray that would never be so! But, are we ready for what He has next?
As Paul comments in II Corinthians 8, he urged Titus and the Corinthians, who had made a beginning, to complete a gracious work ... that they would abound in this gracious work ... that there was a readiness ... and they were prepared.
What about us? Are we ready and prepared for what the Lord wants to do next in our midst? We trusted Him before. Will we continue to trust Him? We were obedient before. Will we continue to be obedient?
Pray that we will be ready and pray that we will be prepared! Then pray that we will be obedient, continuing to place our trust in Him. Then pray that we will be good stewards of all that He has entrusted to us - our time, our talent, our treasure - to accomplish His purposes through us!
As you consider this, reflect on how the Lord has used this church body to reach Naples...Collier County...and beyond. Think about the thousands (actually a few million) who have come through our doors and heard the Gospel message - who have heard the name of Christ proclaimed!
Think about the hundreds of mission trips - both near and far - that have been sent out from this place. Think about those who have been reached for Christ - right here on our campus and in our community, as well as in distant lands - who may never have been reached were it not for the obedience of this church body.
But the work is not done. God has blessed us and has entrusted us with resources intended to be used to accomplish His purposes - purposes that go far beyond our personal use.
Let us look to the future with excitement for what the Lord will do in and through us over the next 25 years. And may we again look back with the same amazement at what the Lord has done.
May it be said that we were ready and prepared and willing and obedient - trusting God and doing and giving as we purposed in our heart - not grudgingly or under compulsion, but doing so cheerfully as God enables each of us (II Corinthians 9).
That same chapter in II Corinthians also reminds us that those who sow sparingly will reap sparingly, but those who sow bountifully will reap bountifully, trusting God to supply all their needs.
Let us sow bountifully!
More to come...
Do you have questions about managing your finances from a Biblical perspective?
For help and guidance feel free to call Kent Anderson at (239)596-8600 x254.