From the Pastor’s Heart | Giving Expresses Our Gratitude
There is a danger that the familiar can lose its value. What wonderful truths we hear each Sunday from our pulpit! What gracious gifts we regularly receive through the Sacraments! What a treasure is the Word of God which we own and can read whenever we wish! What value do we place on these things of God? How long can God trust us as stewards of His Gospel if we treat it so lightly and neglect the opportunities to spread His Word?
In the New Testament, hardly any facet of the Christian life is discussed more often than that of giving. The Bible teaches that it is the obligation of all, the rich and the poor, to give regularly, proportionately, and in the name of and for the sake of our Lord Jesus Christ. The Bible teaches that giving is an act of faith, of thanksgiving, and of gratitude for our God and for what He has done for us. Scripture tells us that “God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7) and that He wants us to excel in this grace of giving (2 Corinthians 8:7). Thankfully, God tells us that He will make it possible for us to give, when He tells us “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that having all sufficiency in all things at all times, you may abound in every good work” (2 Corinthians 9:8).
Let us pray, then, that we would once again comprehend the sacrifice that has won our eternal salvation. Let us tell others of the wonderful hope and love that can be found in Jesus. Let us place our gifts in the offering plates as though they were the nail-scarred hands of Jesus.
Peace — Pastor Wegner