Sometimes crazy things happen at church. Sometimes you go to church, the bucket passes, and you put your money in. Then again, sometimes you go to church and you take money out (wait a minute, isn’t taking money out usually frowned upon?!). Well, at Cornerstone yesterday that’s exactly what we asked people to do when the buckets were passed. We began something called the ‘Bless Project”. Everybody in attendance received an envelope with either a $20, $50 or $100 bill in it. The goal with this project is to take something you’ve been blessed with and pass it along to someone else. We wanted to make the challenge of serving through giving a very real practice.
Jesus said, “Whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be slave of all. For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.” (Mark 10:43-45)
It’s a complete reversal of the world’s organizational chart. Usually the most important people are at the top of the “food chain” and everybody else is there to serve them. However, in the Kingdom of God the greatest will be the ultimate servants. It will be those who make it a common practice to think about others before themselves and give away the gifts of the Kingdom. Generosity reigns in God’s Kingdom! Because of that fact we are all blessed! God has poured out his blessings on us. The idea is not to keep all of that goodness to ourselves but to pass it along to others. So, we pray that the Bless Project will be an exercise in generosity that becomes a movement of blessing in this community!
The instructions for the Bless Project are as follows…
- Pray about how to give the money you received. God specifically gave you that amount of money for a reason. Let Him lead you to the person who needs it. If you have children, invite them into the conversation about how to bless someone else.
- Here are some ideas – You may want to join your money with others (i.e. community group) to do something big for someone. You may want to pay someone’s utility bill for them. You could leave a really big tip for a server at a restaurant. You could pay for someone else’s groceries at the store. You could pay for someone else’s meal in the drive thru. There are no boundaries on how you might bless someone else!
- Once you have committed the act of blessing, share the story of what you did by November 22. You can use #BLESSPROJECT for social media. You can send us the story via email – email@example.com. You can write it down and bring us the story. Also, we will have a wall dedicated to this project in the lobby beginning October 11 where you can write your story or thoughts you have about what God is doing through this movement.
We encourage you to pray specifically that God would multiply these acts of kindness in our community. We want to see many people know and experience the love of Jesus Christ in a profound way.
Also, we are VERY grateful to the people who captured the vision for this project early on and generously contributed the money to make it happen!
So, remember, “God loves a cheerful giver”! Have fun being a blessing to someone else.