Pastor’s Perspective 06-11-19
It’s been about 20 years since I noticed the “Snapshot” on the front page of a USA Today newspaper. The Snapshot attempted to capture the things people wanted more than anything in life and the amount of money they would be willing to pay to have it. The #1 answer was the assurance of a place in heaven for which respondents said they would pay almost $750,000. The good news is that we don’t have to pay any money for that assurance. It is available to rich and poor alike. We simply have to receive God’s gift of eternal life by placing our faith in Jesus Christ as our Savior and Lord. Correctly understood, that means giving Christ everything we are and all that we have out of love and appreciation for all He has done for us. In other words, we don’t pay for our salvation. But our salvation should lead us to give generously to the Lord.
In our discussions as a staff, we talk about the kind of church we want to be. The word generous comes up often. A church that gives generously to God’s work here at Snyder, in our community, and around the world. That we give 25% of our income to missions every year is a testimony to our generosity. The first two parts of our 2020 Vision are designed to promote that generosity. Paying off our church debt so we can redirect all giving to ministry. And giving a major financial contribution to each of our three international mission partners. The day after Mark Rice gave the 2020 Vision Committee’s update to the congregation in May, one church member made a significant donation to help retire our debt. Another couple discussed the morning’s message in the car on the way home. They decided together to make their contribution that week also. Many others have been giving – above their tithe – to our 2020 Vision since I cast the vision in September of 2017. I am grateful to every one of you for your generosity.
But it was a check we received last week that has touched my heart. It was brought in by a friend because the donor can’t get to church often due to health issues. I was blown away by her generous “widow’s mite” contribution to our 2020 Vision. Not because of who she is, but because of what I know about her financial situation. Jesus commended a woman just like her in His day for her generous heart and sacrificial giving. I am truly inspired and challenged by her generosity. If we all were to follow her example, we will see the 2020 Vision come to fruition and we will continue to be the generous “church on the hill.”
See you Sunday! ~ John