Our Best For The Chest by James Merritt

Our Best For The Chest
James Merritt
II Chronicles 24:1-14


INTRODUCTION


1. Without debate, discussion, or denial, I am convinced that the most sensitive subject that a minister ever has to deal with is not the subject of sex; it is not the subject of politics; it is not the subject of drinking; it is not even the subject of religion. The most sensitive subject that a pastor ever deals with is the subject of money.

2. One of the most difficult tasks that a pastor faces is motivating people to give to the work of God. I read some interesting ways this week in which certain pastors have tried to do that.

3. I heard about one pastor who came up with the ingenious idea of wiring all of the pews with electricity. So on Sunday morning he announced to the people that they were going to begin a multi-million dollar building program. He said, "Now I want every one of you who will pledge $500 to the building program to stand up, and he hit a button and about fifteen people involuntarily stood up."

4. He then said, "I want all of you who will pledge a $l,000 a piece to the building program to stand up." He hit a second button, and this time about fifty people involuntarily stood to their feet. Well the pastor was getting excited now.

5. Finally he said, "I want everyone of you who will pledge $l0,000 to the building program to stand up." With that he threw the master switch and electrocuted fourteen deacons!

6. Now that is certainly a novel idea, but one that I can assure you I will not try. I have written you a letter, a plea from the bottom of my heart that we once again come together on our Chest of Joash Sunday and give a million dollars, over and above our tithes and offerings, to the work of God. We've adopted as our theme, "A Million For You in '92." I don't think anyone could disagree that our great God is certainly worthy of that and more for all He has done for us.

7. I even went back and re-read the letter that I wrote ...


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