Behold, I am doing a new thing; now it springs forth, do you not perceive it? –Isaiah 43:19
Almighty God is speaking through the prophet Isaiah when he offers words of great hope to the people. He says: “Behold, I am doing a new thing! Can you not see it?”
You know something? God has always been doing a “new thing.” It happens all the time in and through God’s beautiful creation. And it happens to people whose lives are literally transformed and made new. It happens in our lives, too, especially as we seek to live and grow our faith in relationship to Jesus Christ and his Bodythe church.
I believe God is doing a new thing right here in our midst. From my perspective as pastor, I am seeing it happening all the time in and through our church. Don’t you? “Do you not see it?” Isaiah asked.
Yes, brothers and sisters, God is blessing our congregation in so many ways. The numbers of children and youth are growing; overall participation in missions through the giving of our time and money is up dramatically; many of our first- time “guests” speak of being welcomed warmly; and, yes, some of you have spoken to me over the past year of feeling blessed by your church. So truly, I believe God is doing a “new thing” among us.
So, what is our part in all that God is doing here? Well, I would say, above all, that each of us would strive to be growing in our faith. And that we would seek to live out our faith through the vows we made upon becoming members of this Body of Christ. Remember what was promised? “I will be loyal to this church and uphold her with my prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness.”
Brothers and sisters, this simply means you and I are “stewards” of all God has entrusted to us, including
our church. There, I said it—stewardship! All that happens (and will happen) in our church has to do with
our giving and serving. More important, though, is that our stewardship flows out of our faith. You see, Jesus came to give himself for us, as part of God’s “new thing.” He also offered a way of life and invited people into a relationship with God that was vibrant, vital, dynamic, and fruitful.
Isn’t that what we want for our lives? And don’t we want to be part of God’s “new thing” that is happening right here among us—in and through our church—and in our hearts and lives? Don’t we?
This fall’s stewardship emphasis, “A NEW THING!” will cover three Sundays, beginning Sept. 24 and concluding with “Consecration Sunday” on October 8, which happens to be Children’s Sabbath.
So, what new thing is God doing in your life? Can you see it?