Sunday was great. We had a great congregation in worship with us. The music was awesome. The Rev. David Haygood’s message was inspiring, funny and right on. Finally, we had a great meal, offering the powerful encouragement that comes when sisters and brothers fellowship together around a table. Just a few days out from Thanksgiving, we would all agree we have much for which to give thanks.
The Bible talks at length about giving and offerings. It says that every person is to give back to God. As I see it, giving is commanded by God while written commitments are desired by the church. Commitments help the church to make plans for ministry and be good stewards. Commitments can also help a person to set goals and be personally accountable. The question before us is, “How is God leading you to respond to what God is doing in your life?” In my life, making a pledge is an important, holy moment.
Rev. Haygood was so right in making it clear that what is right for one family does not apply for everyone. Some individuals are just starting the regular habit of giving to God’s Ministries – we were there not many years ago – while other persons and families have considered ways to move beyond the tithe. I know for a fact that age or income level has no bearing on where a family might be in this practice. It is of little importance what has gone on in the past. What matters to God is the effort you make in the present. The Apostle Paul affirms this in Scripture,
“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” 2 Corinthians 9:7
Grace and Peace to you, Scott