Blessings from a Gracious God!
“I will pour out for you such a blessing.” (Malachi 3:10)
The message on the T- shirt spoke volumes. Big bold letters spelled one word: GRACE. Then in smaller letters underneath: God’s Riches At Christ’s Expense!
How true! Just take a moment to consider the lengths to which our great God has gone to offer us the most precious gift of all in Jesus Christ. You and I have the assurance of salvation through God’s boundless and unmerited love. That’s called GRACE.
But God doesn’t stop there. In addition to blessing us with his supreme gift of Christ, God also blesses us in ways we can hardly begin to count. And if we were to begin to count our blessings, maybe we would come to realize just how much all that God gives permeates our whole lives. Everything that is good, it seems, flows from God’s blessing.
God even uses us and our gifts to “pour out” blessing on others and in our community. Indeed, as we are blessed by God’s riches, in gratitude we seek to bless others through our time and talents and financial gifts to our church. That is so important to us here at Brevard First United Methodist Church. Our first priority is to serve Christ, and out of that comes our second priority– to share the blessing of Christ’s love and grace with others.
This is how it works: as our own lives have been touched by such love, so we seek to touch the lives of those around us. And that, my friends, is what stewardship does. Jesus said it is a “heart thing.” Where our treasures are, that is where our heart is. So shouldn’t our greatest treasure be the relationship that we have in Christ?
As you prayerfully consider your “pledge offering” for 2015, please know that it is through your generosity that our church is experiencing a great time of “blessing.” Many wonderful things are happening in this place, and many lives are being touched. That’s what we want. That’s what our Lord wants. And we want to see it continue.
Peter Johnson, the chair of our Finance Committee, has crunched the numbers and come up with a “goal” for next year. That goal is for an increase of 3% ($17,000) in PLEDGED GIVING or $605,000. To reach that goal enables us to give small increases in ministries and salaries, while also meeting the maintenance needs of the church.
All of this is to say we hope to celebrate reaching that goal on Sunday, November 9, when we gather for “Consecration Sunday.” Of course, you can send in or bring your pledge card at any time before then. And remember, every gift is important.