That’s the focus of the current sermon and Bible class series at Zion Lutheran Church in Walburg, Texas, the congregation to which Terry and I belong. Senior Pastor John Davenport and new Associate Pastor Kevin Hintze are ably leading the congregation in a sensitive yet direct exploration of the relationship between people, possessions and the God to whom they belong.
Some of us discovered that relationship long ago, thanks to parents, grandparents, pastors, teachers or other significant people in our lives who taught us that though in many ways we are richly blessed, those blessings do not really belong to us. They are not possessions we own but treasures entrusted to our care by the generous and gracious hand of God.
Occasionally, even those of us who know that truth need a gentle reminder. It’s so easy to forget, especially when times are good and financial resources are plentiful.
But when times are tough and adversity strikes, the things in life that we value so highly quickly become less important, replaced by the significant realities that truly matter. That includes faith, family, forgiveness, health, home and heaven.
Jesus said: “Do not be anxious … Your heavenly Father knows what you need. But seek first the kingdom of God … and all these things will be added to you.” (Matt. 6:31, 33)
And St. Paul wrote: “He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. You will be enriched in every way to be generous in every way …” (2 Cor. 9:10-11)
With that promise on your mind and in your heart, live generously!