Ourselves: John Jackson
my journey started by trying to hear a specific number
from God. I kept thinking of what king David said, I will not
give to the Lord that which costs me nothing and I wondered
what that would look like for us.
of a number God took me back 20 years to when Deanna and
I got married and we said that, we didnt want to let our
standard of living be dictated by our income.
be honest, that was not much of a challenge as we were in ministry
and living on a shoestring budget. We were keenly aware of our need
and God continually provided beyond our income in unexpected ways.
each year that passed and my income grew the gap narrowed and the
reliance on God didnt feel as pressing. This happened so gradually
that we were like the frog in the kettle enjoying our warm DuPage
I prayed and sought the Lord on what a costly gift would
mean, I heard God say something unexpectantly.
Him saying, Can you trust me to meet your needs? It may
seem like a silly question
after all, He WAS meeting our needs
through a job that was providing for our family. Right?
it appeared that God was calling us to something more risky.
calling us back to that early desire to not let our standard of living
be dictated by our income. In other words Gods call to us has
been one of limitation
to choose to live on less than we make
and give the rest away.
all it was a specific number, but not a number to give, but to keep.
We plan to maintain the same actual dollar amount on our budget and
give everything above that amount to the Lord regardless of how much
we make in the future. In so doing, He is calling us to trust Him
for any gaps that will come.
next three years those funds will be directed toward the Beyond Campaign.
And when the campaign is completed, well have the fun of giving
away everything above that dollar amount to other needs.
reminded of what Mr. Beaver tells Lucy about Aslan, in The Lion, the
Witch, and the Wardrobe.
says, "Safe? Don't you hear what Mrs. Beaver tells you? Who said
anything about safe? 'Course he isn't safe. But he's good. He's the
King, I tell you."
God is calling us to isnt safe, but were excited
to experience the Good.
The Good that will come as we see people formed by God;
The Good that will come as we are more dependent on God for
The Good that will come from the freedom of having less;
The Good that will come from seeing our heavenly 401k
grow with eternal interest.
is no better investment plan!