Recently, someone told me that we as a staff must lie awake at night thinking of new things to ask our church to give to. I laughed at the thought of that…I sleep REALLY well and very rarely does anything interfere with that. Yet, there is a strain of truth to that comment. I do contemplate as a pastor how we can be more generous. Something Pastor Andy Hunter used to tell the church, so I’ve been told, is that church isn’t about our preferences. If that’s true, that church isn’t about getting more for myself, then church must be about giving away of myself and my possessions. I always think back to Jesus’ words: “‘Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.’”
All Christians are called to tithe, to give a set percentage to meet the needs of our local church, but is that all Christ demands of me? No, in fact He demands everything I have. Now certainly we all should keep paying our bills and putting food on the table, but what do we do with the leftovers? We give them away. That $25 I spent on Operation Christmas Child will mean more to a child in Afghanistan, than it would ever mean to me. I might be able to take my family to Chick-fil-a and feed us for one meal. That child, however, may receive an eternity with Jesus. Which means more to you?
Gail from WMU spoke with us during last Wednesday nights prayer meeting. She made the comment that when we work together, all of our little bits add up to one big amount. It isn’t expected that every person in the church should financially support EVERYTHING that we do. However, your $1, $5, $20….added together make a big amount that can change eternities for hundreds of people./
What are you passionate about? How is God leading you to give? He loves a cheerful giver. Only you can decide whether or not you support a mission offering, but please know that the leadership of this church will never bring an unworthy cause for support. As your pastor, I will never ask you to support something that I don’t support with my own money and believe in fervently.
As always, please let me know if you have questions or concerns. I’m always here to talk.
On Sunday we will study Genesis 32 and how Jacob wrestles with God.