Every Good Gift Comes from Above
You see the words above? They come from James, who wrote a letter to the Christians in Jerusalem to show them how to live a faithful life. Faith, he tells them, is not about knowing; it’s about doing! It’s about putting our faith to work each and every day, in all circumstances, as we remember the One from whom all our blessings come.
“Every good and perfect gift”—everything we have that is good and meaningful and blessed— “comes from God above” (James 1:17).
Guess what? James pretty much sums up the whole meaning of Christian stewardship in that one verse. God gives! God gives abundantly! God showers us with blessing in more ways than we could ever begin to count. God is the giver of all that is good and blessed in our lives.
…And our response? Is it just to hold on tightly to what we have, and try to get more? Or are we truly grateful? So deeply grateful, in fact, that we want to do something about it. We want to give back. We want to share our blessings. We want to see our gifts bless others. We want to see our church grow in ways that touch lives—ours and our neighbors’.
James constantly reminds us that faith is about living and doing. Our stewardship is a very important part of living our faith. And it is one of the very best ways you and I can truly “make a difference” in the lives of others, especially through our church.
Thus, the month of October—harvest time— brings the opportunity for us as Brevard FUMC to celebrate stewardship… to celebrate the many wonderful ways that God is blessing us!
We kick off our stewardship celebration with Children’s Sabbath on Sunday, Oct. 11, with a church full of children and youth and families. You will receive the first mailing a few days later that will show you how our giving “breaks down” in ministries, programs, compensation and maintenance. Also in that packet there will be a “pledge card” for 2016.