It’s Book Club again! So this week I’ve been reading a book called, “The Blessed Life, Unlocking the Rewards of Generous Living.” The author is Robert Morrison, who some of you may recognize as the Senior Pastor of Gateway Church in Dallas Texas.
I don’t normally read books by famous pastors, just because I always get this feeling that they are so ingenuine, like writing a book is just part of what a pastor gaining fame should do. So I wasn’t expecting this to be anything special. Plus the title was boring and not terribly catchy. Cuz that’s important. (?) But I gave it a shot anyway, mostly because I’m fresh out of entertainment funds, so buying a new book was just out of the question. I received this book for free after completing an introductory, membership type class in my church, Christ Fellowship South Florida, (which is super awesome – if you’re ever in the area, check it out) and it’s been collecting dust in my home ever since.
I think God purposely allowed me to be in a financial jam just so that I would read this instead of buying something new. Seriously, I wish I had read this years ago. The first chapter started out with some amazing testimonies of people who sacrificially gave to God in obedience and were returned over tenfold of what they had given. The stories were captivating and inspiring, but I, ever cautious of scams and prosperity preachers who swindle hurting souls out of their last dime, was wary.
But, I love to read, and I had a book, so I continued. And I’m so glad. The message at the heart of this book is not “give more to get more,” although that seems to be the natural way of things. Instead, it followed along with exactly what God has been laying on my heart this entire month. Obedience.
Not obedience to giving, not obedience to the “spirit’s” leading in an emotional sermon, not obedience to a guilt trip, but obedience to the Word of God and the priorities he has set for us. One of the key themes throughout this book is getting your heart and priorities right with God. Pastor Morris talks about how easy it is to live our lives serving Mammon, that demon that enslaves us to money and worldly living. Striving for success in the world’s eyes. Woven throughout the book are stories of people who chose instead to serve Christ, and depend on him as their provider. Not blindly throwing their resources away, but being ready and willing to serve God with whatever he asked of them.
Something else that God has been really laying on my heart, and that I have been trying to instil in my kids, is the concept of reaping what you sow. Which just happens to be another huge theme of this book. This principle can be applied to literally every area of our lives, and I have been trying to do just that. I cannot tell you how encouraging and inspiring this book has been in motivating me in this.
Well, without going off on a tangent (as I often do) or preaching a whole sermon, I just wanted to share with you a really awesome read that was refreshingly (if not surprisingly) genuine and true to God’s Word. I will post the link to purchase below, including links for my readers in the UK and Canada.
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Thanks guys, hope you enjoy!