Day 30 - Extravagant Generosity

December 8, 2016

 

 

Take from among you an offering to the Lord;

let whoever is of a generous heart bring the Lord’s offering (Exodus 35:5)

 

In today’s reflection Robert Schnase shares a story that many of us will be familiar with in our churches – being hit by an unexpected repair bill. This is something that many of us worry about, particularly if we are church stewards.

 

Schnase recounts how the church finance committee got together to discuss the problem. The committee consisted of a retired salesman, a banker, a teacher, a housewife, a small business owner and an insurance agent. They soon began suggesting all the usual solutions, such as making an appeal to the church members, diverting funds from other parts of the budget, and holding fundraising events such as cake sales or dinners.

 

As the meeting wore on one of the members, a teacher, suggested that they weren’t really getting anywhere and perhaps they should stop and pray. After a few moments of prayer she looked around the committee and made a bold statement:

“We all realise that any one of us could write a cheque for the full $465
and it would not make any major difference in our lifestyle or financial security.”

 

She then pulled out her cheque book and wrote a cheque for $465 to cover the repair costs. She then invited anyone else who wanted to join her to add their donation to hers. As a result of her inspiring and generous leadership they covered the repairs and raised an additional $1695 to fund other parts of the church’s ministry.

 

Sometimes the solution to our church financial problems is more obvious than we care to admit.

 

Schnase observes that “There is no end to what the church can accomplish … when the sharp awareness of assets, resources and talents that God entrusts to us supersedes the fear of scarcity and the obsessive focus on needs and problems.”

 

Today he offers us this prayer and challenge:

Gracious God, teach me to be generous and always joyful in giving.

 

Challenge: Think of a difference, large or small, that an extra gift by you could make in your church’s ministry. Surprise yourself by giving an unexpected gift.

 

 

 

Challenge: Think of a difference, large or small, that an extra gift by you could make in your church’s ministry. Surprise yourself by giving an unexpected gift.

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