Simple choices have a dramatic impact on our lives. Obedience always sets us on the right trajectory toward God’s ideal for us. As we have mentioned earlier, God has designed life in such a way that He presents us with challenges and decisions that give us a chance to step up. How we respond to these moments can dramatically shift the course of our lives. Disobedience also has a dramatic impact on our lives. It is said that a plane flying from San Francisco to Los Angeles would miss the airport by six miles at a one-degree variance. A seemingly tiny .01-degree mistake would put your plane in the Pacific Ocean, over a half-mile off course. God has given us an opportunity right now to step up in this moment.
There is a classic scene in the 1989 movie Field of Dreams when the main character, Ray, asks a heart-revealing question. He has been asked by a mysterious voice to transform his Iowa cornfield into a baseball field. He does everything he has been asked to do and he finally reaches his breaking point toward the end of the movie. His true heart is revealed when he angrily asks, “I’ve done everything I’ve been asked to do and I haven’t once asked what’s in it for me!” His friend then quickly responds, “What are you saying Ray?” Ray then slows down his answer and says, “I’m saying…what’s in it…for me?” These words land heavy on the viewer. We know what it feels like to have our motives exposed. All along we try to serve and give and sacrifice out of sincerity, but in the end, we all have the question, “What’s in it for me?”
At one point, all of us took our first step…and it was not pretty. We pulled ourselves upright, supported by our chubby little legs, wobbled back and forth like we stepped off a carnival ride, and then took one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind. Some of us overachievers may have even taken two or three extra steps just to prove that we had arrived. One thing is for sure. None of our parents who witnessed our epic event said, “Come on kid! Pull it together! Walk straight! Stop wobbling!” Instead, there were cameras out and parents were acting like it was the Olympics, cheering us to the finish line. We had arrived. But we had only just taken one. Little. Step. But that step was a huge step, which set our lives on a course for thousands and millions more steps. Steps that would take us to places our baby minds never would have dreamed of.
Please join our Prayer Partners on Tuesday, October 18 from 4-9 pm on our Orange City campus as we pray for God to move and develop hearts of generosity at the Journey. Come for as little or as much time as you would like. Our desire is to have the Journey family prayerfully consider how God is asking us all to begin Stepping Up.
Surrender is not a foreign concept for us. Whether we realize it or not, each of us surrenders on a daily basis. When we finally stop hitting the snooze button, we surrender to responsibility. When we decide to put pants on for the day, we surrender to social appropriateness. When we order our latte and the barista tells you that outrageous price, we surrender our hard earned five-dollar bill. When we lay our head on our pillow at night, we surrender to our limitations. But what does it look like to surrender to God?
God is moving at the Journey, but He’s not done! He is using our church to reach the lost and care for the hurting right where they are. Though we haven’t yet begun to see all God has planned, now is the time to move forward and reach more people than we could ever imagine. We can do it, but it will take you saying, “I’m stepping up!”
Think for a minute about how many times this week you have walked up a staircase. How did you do that? Did you stop at the first step, paralyzed by fear and indecision? Did you ask, “I wonder if this first step will hold me? What if the entire staircase gives way? What if the builder forgot to nail down this one portion of the staircase? What if that first board is rotten?” Probably not. You probably didn’t think at all about it. You stepped on that first step and got to the top as fast as you could. The reason you were able to do this is because that staircase has proven itself reliable over and over again. You could trust the stability of that first step to propel you to the next step. The structural integrity of the staircase has never let you down and shows no signs of letting you down.
This study has been designed to help you evaluate your understanding of money and the role it plays in your life. Our goal is to explore what God says about the relationship between your faith and your finances. We’ve designed this study to work for each person individually, but it’s more powerful in the context of a Life Group setting.