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One of our greatest joys as Christ followers is the opportunity to give back to the Lord, who has given some much to us! At LongView we believe that our giving is not just the giving of money. Instead, we believe and practice a balanced approach to giving that we call, 3T Giving.
A 3T Giver, gives to the Lord of their Time, Talent and Treasure. So we encourage giving that honors the Lord in the time that we intentionally give back to Him, our gifts and talents that He has blessed us with and the giving of our financial treasure, all according to how God has blessed us.
Time: Each moment that we live is really a gift to us from God. He allows us, and we need, time to relax and spend doing silly things that make us happy. However, we also have to live knowing that each moment we have is a gift from God. We then have to examine how we are managing the time God has graced us with. So we examine ourselves with this question, “Where in our hectic schedules is our intentional time to serve the Lord?”. Where we faithfully give our time to the Lord is where we see the Lord at work in our lives. Click here to learn more about opportunities to give to the Lord.
Ephesians 5:15-16 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.
Talent: God has blessed each of us with talents and gifts. Some swing hammers. Some knit. Some cook a meal. Some pray. Some teach. Some organize. Some sing. Some crunch numbers. Whatever and however the Lord has gifted you, share those gifts and talents.
As we give of our talent to the Lord, we demonstrate our maturing relationship with God. And a maturing church is made up of maturing individuals. As Ephesians 4:13 lets us know, we are only as mature as a church body as the contribution we each share. “until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ”. Each person that God sends to LongView is a gift and has a gift from the Lord. We encourage the sharing of the gifts, talents and abilities that God has given you.
Treasure: For LongView to be able to serve the Lord fully, there are tangible financial needs that need to be taken care of. We encourage that each person give to the Lord according to how God has blessed them. For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake, he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich 2 Corinthians 8:9
Each persons giving to the Lord, is their personal testimony and relationship with the Lord. So pray about your 3T gift to the Lord.