Throughout my career in ministry I have written blurbs for weekly emails, newsletter articles, letters, brochure copy, prayers, and sermons on stewardship. Throughout I have tried to say things that are compelling, that will convince people to let go of fear and experience the peace that comes from generous giving. During all this time I have been learning about giving myself, doing better sometimes than others at following my own advice.
Here at the end of my formal career is my last such invitation, for invitation is the right word. Life in Christ is an invitation to live freely and confidently before God. Confident that God is at work in the world despite what seems contrary evidence in the news. Confident that Christ’s Spirit is moving even now in ways unseen but invincible. God is generous and we can be generous, too. Before long generosity becomes its own positive feedback loop, in which we give without fear that giving will cost us, and instead experience an even deeper sense of security.
That may sound preposterous just now, when so many are worried about the divisions and incivility in our national life. But such has always been the way of the world; believe me: you will always have the option to live in a world of woe.
Generosity is the hallmark of the citizens of God’s realm, the only permanent reality. Such citizenship is wildly, wonderfully freeing. It’s also life giving—of course it is—because it is Spirit-filled and Spirit led. So let us enjoy our true citizenship to the fullest. Let’s give now and always.
Grace upon grace,
Scripture Readings for November 11, 2018
Ruth 3:1-5; 4:13-17