GIVING TO GOD WHAT HE GAVE TO US
When our children were little, we would give them money to put into the offering plate. They would hold the coins during the first part of the service, and yes, occasionally they would drop them, but after a while the coins seemed like their own. At the proper time, they put “their money” into the offering plate along with our envelope. They always grinned to be able to give “their money” in “big church.” Never did any of the four ask to keep their coins. I’m not sure what we would have said had they asked if they had to put their money in. It was assumed that they would give.
We are all children of God. God gives us money to hold onto until it’s time to put it into the offering plate. After we have earned “our money,” we gladly give it to “big church.” We do not consider keeping it, for we know that it has been given to us by God. Deuteronomy 8:17-18a says, “Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth.” We adults are no more capable of having money on our own than children are capable of having money on their own. Even if we would say, “This is mine; I got it for my birthday,” God just might say, “Who keeps you alive to celebrate that birthday?”
It’s the time of year that we consider the subject of stewardship. Stewardship involves giving money. It also involves giving other things that God has already given us. When we joined Central, we promised to give of our time, our talents, our gifts, our service, and our witness. The spiritual guide for November explores those “gifts” we promise to give to God. Does He need them? No. Do we need to give? Yes. We need the joy that comes from being able to give. We need to feel we are part of God’s church. If you’ve not turned in a pledge, consider doing that. But also, consider how you can give your time (help with ESOL?), talent (join the choir or bells?), gifts (buy some cans of food for Central Cares?), service (keep the nursery so young couples can worship without distractions), and witness (tell someone how much Jesus loves him and how our church can nurture and love him). Read the Scripture about things given to God. Put yourself in the stories.