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The Pastor’s Pen

Disciples pray. Disciples worship and are active in their congregation.

And disciples of Jesus Christ are cheerful givers.

Typically, preachers get really nervous around this last topic. The only thing that will make a preacher more anxious is the thought that Tyson will close their poultry operations.

But yet, engage this topic we must. The way we approach our giving is integral to our walk of discipleship. Our giving matters because it shows where we place God in our life. Is He merely one of the important things in life, or is He THE most important aspect of our life?

On Sunday, October 23 we will all bring our financial commitments for 2017 to the altar. Our commitments will tell us much about what we think of God. Are we tithing, giving the biblical standard of 10%? If we are not, then are we working toward a tithe as we increase our generosity year by year?

C.S. Lewis said, “I do not believe one can settle how much we ought to give. I am afraid the only safe rule is to give more than we can spare. In other words, if our expenditure on comforts, luxuries, amusements, etc, is up to the standard common among those with the same income as our own, we are probably giving way too little. If our charities do not at all pinch or hamper us, I should say they are too small. There ought to be things we should like to do and cannot do because our charitable expenditure excludes them.”

C.S. Lewis was not only a great writer, but he was also a disciple of Jesus Christ. One way to view life is as one big practice of the art of discipleship. On Sunday, October 23, we will have the opportunity to practice together as we bring our 2017 commitments to God’s altar.

May you be prayerful in your discernment. May you be blessed in your faithfulness.