Originally posted February 13, 2010
I was running on the treadmill in the basement the other day and had the ipod cranking. Sometimes I want to listed to certain artists or styles of music depending on my mood. This day I wanted to listen to Steven Curtis Chapman’s CD “Speechless.” This CD came out in 2000 but I still listen to it regularly. It has some amazing songs with amazing lyrics.
One such song is “The Change.” The first verse is a bit cynnical and sarcastic talking about Christians who look like Christians but may not be and then he gets into the chorus:
What about the change?
What about the difference?
What about the grace?
What about forgiveness?
What about a life that’s showing
I’m undergoing the change?
The second verse is the one that makes me write this post. It reads:
Well I’ve got this way of thinking that comes so naturally
Where I believe the whole world is revolving around me
And I got this way of livin that I have to die to every single day
‘Cause if God’s spirit lives inside of me, yeah
I’m gonna live this life differently.
I’m gonna have the change
I’m gonna have the difference
I’m gonna have the grace
I’m gonna have forgivenss
I’m gonna live a life that’s showing
I’m undergoing the change
Truly generous people have gone through the change. Truly generous people have the difference and make a difference. Truly generous people extend grace regularly. Truly generous people are forgiving people. Truly generous people live a life that shows they are undergoing the change and want to make a difference in the world around them by giving all of their gifts back to God.
Every time I hear this song it moves me to think do I have the change, the difference, the grace and the forgiveness? Am I truly a generous person? I feel in order to be truly generous with our money, time and talents we must have the change in our hearts that only God can provide. If we are truly changed people then generosity flows easily from our hearts to our hands.
A pastor told me the other day over lunch he didn’t feel like his people had a money or giving problem even though their current financial situation was pretty tough. He felt his people had a heart problem. He was going to begin helping his people deal with their heart problems first before addressing the giving problem present in his congregation. God wants all of us; our hearts, our bodies and yes even our wallets. In order for many to give God all of us there is significant change that has to take place.
As leaders how can we help ensure our people are going through the change?