In worship over the last several weeks we have been talking about our complete stewardship for 2017. At the conclusion of our State of the Church address a few weeks ago, I asked all of you to consider being “all in” as we move into next year, being totally committed to your faith and turning your entire life over to God as we seek to build bridges together.
That total giving of yourself means you give of your time to God, by reading Scripture, spending time in quiet prayer and meditation, or volunteering at church or heading up a program. It can be any opportunity where you use your time to draw closer to God. It also means you give of your talents. Let those gifts God has blessed you with come forth as you work to build God’s Kingdom on earth by getting active in missions and ministries that share God’s love and grace with others. It is also means you give of your gifts, your treasure, your finances. This means that if you are not tithing, giving 10% of your income to God, that you are working your way up to tithing. This is where most people struggle. When you can turn this part of your life over to God, then you are opening yourself to be used in ways like never before. Finally, it means you give of your witness; telling people how much God has done for you in your life.
None of this is an “or” proposition. If you are all in, then you are giving of your time, your talents, your gifts, your service and your witness. We cannot pick and choose and be all in. We cannot hold something back and be all in.
Folks, I want to encourage you to be all in. I want to encourage you to give all you have and all you are over to God and allow those blessings to pour over you. I want you to be drenched in the providence and blessing of God. I want you to feel God’s grace dripping off of you as your cup overflows. To be an effective witness, we have to be all in. When we open every part of ourselves to God and allow the Holy Spirit to dwell within us, then we will feel that presence within us as we live out our journeys of faith.
Now none of this is to say that God does not love you or will not bless you, where you are – as you are. What I am saying is that when we completely open ourselves up to God, the things God can do, the experiences God can create, the mountains God can move, the bridges God can build are beyond words. And those moments are what I want for each of you.
This Sunday, you will have the opportunity to express your commitment to be “all in” as there will be a time for everyone to bring forward their volunteer form and pledge cards at the end of each service. You will be invited to bring those forward, pray over them if you wish, and dedicate them to our Creator.
What happens this Sunday, will play an extremely large role in dictating all that we will be able to do and accomplish in 2017 and the bridges we will able to help build. I want to invite you to spend time in prayer this week and ask God to help you be all in. Ask God how you can turn every facet of your life over to God’s influence, so that together we can build bridges that will help everyone, everywhere know that there is hope in their future, that we love them, and that most importantly God loves them too!
Have a great week and I will see you Sunday!