I had to chuckle to myself last night during the notices at church.
We seemed to be asking the people (congregation) for a lot of things:
Bring in things for our Harvest collection.
Bring in things for our Christmas shoe box collection.
Bring in your tithe… (How many sermons have people heard on that?)
September / October is going to be an expensive month for people!!
This got me thinking:
Sometimes there is this criticism by the people saying “the church is always asking for money.”
Well, yes! That is the case?
But look at your church… seeing what they’re doing with it?
If your pastor was getting a fancier car or an airline or something shady like that… then yes, get worked up about that!
However, if your church are ACTIVE in the local community, pouring out their resources to help others.
Bring light and love and kindness and care to a world that needs it.
Then celebrate with them.
And understand… a lot of those ministries need your money.
Maybe another way to look at GIVING is… that it’s not the “church is asking again” but rather it is part of YOUR LIFESTYLE…
Part of who you are!
It’s not just around Autumn (Harvest) and Christmas time…
But you give every month. Because you’have build it into your being. The way you live.
We don’t give out of religious duty (that 10% tithe)
We give, because it’s what we always do.
We give our money. Because we want to help others.
We give our time.
We give our skills.
We give our produce.
We count our blessings. And realise, we have so much!
We live the Leviticus 23: 22 way:
“‘When you reap the harvest of your land, do not reap to the very edges of your field or gather the gleanings of your harvest. Leave them for the poor and for the foreigner residing among you. I am the Lord your God.’”
And we live this, every month!