Give vs Take – How to Love Your City

This gets me fired up. Watch the video here:

Carlos is loving his city. Buckhead church is gifting a gift to their community by investing in it.

I think this is going to work because of the “give” attitude.

The give attitude asks

  • How can I help my community?
  • How can I share?
  • What do I have that is valuable and how can I use that outside the church walls?

The take attitude asks

  • How many converts will I get out of this?
  • Will this increase church attendance?
  • Will this net a “return” on our investment?

When we hoard all of our talent inside the church walls we are not giving.

This doesn’t need to be musical talent – you can be good a gardening, or shooting a rifle, or reading a book. Pretty much anything you love to do can be done with others who live in your community. Seriously, it doesn’t need to be huge and save millions of lives. Just do something small to invest in your community.

When we go with an agenda we are not giving.

If you watch Carlos’ video and think, “I need to do this – it’ll be a terrific way to grow my church.” Then you are totally on the wrong track. As Christians we have to love our communities absent of agenda. If you really, really need an agenda then make thankfulness the agenda. Ask yourself, “Will these people feel thankful that I showed up – or will they feel used?”


6 Responses to “Give vs Take – How to Love Your City”

  1. 1 chelan August 16, 2008 at 10:18 am

    wow, billy, this is one of the best post of recent. that video gets my heart pumping! love love love it…the whole idea.

    and it sounds like you may have read a book called ‘the way of agape’? how to love how God loves – it is sooo different than how we love…& it is sooo hard to learn. self-centered agendas are put aside. God’s love is a serving, not expecting a thing in return, kind of love.

    our love can be superficial & almost deceiving ~ we can often times trick ourselves into believing it’s for the benefit of others or is God-glorifying…but ultimately it’s given to draw others to ourselves.

    thanks for this charge!

  2. 2 Billy Chia August 16, 2008 at 10:28 am

    I haven’t read The Way of Agape but it sounds like it’d be right up my ally.

    “we can often times trick ourselves into believing it’s for the benefit of others…but ultimately it’s given to draw others to ourselves.”

    This nails it for me. I don’t think Christians are just mean, selfish people – I think they are deceiving themselves when they love wrongly.

  3. 3 Sarah Chia August 16, 2008 at 11:42 am

    I don’t think that it’s accurate to say that God loves us without any expectations. Un-met expectations don’t stop him from loving us, but he still expects things from us. Otherwise, the Bible wouldn’t be full of commands on how to live or how to humble our hearts.

    Christ did not come to earth without an agenda. He came to save sinners (1 Tim. 1:15). That’s a HUGE agenda. He endured the cross (arguably the greatest act of love) to draw men to himself (Jn. 12:32).

    On the surface, it seems honorable to have no agenda when loving people. But if we truly loved, then we would go with the agenda Christ gave us: to go and make disciples, baptizing them, and teaching them to obey (Mt. 28:19-20).

  4. 4 Dean Lusk August 17, 2008 at 9:50 pm

    Oooo-kay… Tried to post a comment in lieu of a trackback. Once more before I give up:

  5. 5 Billy Chia August 18, 2008 at 11:04 am

    One of the downfalls of blogger is that there is no default way to use trackbacks. (One reason I switched to

    The the best of my knowledge you can use Haloscan to add trackback/pingback functionality to a blogger blog. (You also lose all the comments that were made prior to installing it.)

    Thanks for the shout – you are totally free anytime to kick it old school and leave a comment saying “I linked this post” with a URL to your post 🙂

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