God's abundant goodness to Christ Community Church over the past two years has been simply astounding. Over-the-top, prodigious, audacious, beyond-comprehension abundance.
Is this the way you think of our God? While we (quite appropriately) decry the health/wealth/prosperity heresies so pervasive these days, we err if we end up equating God’s character (and, subsequently, our pursuit of godliness) with stinginess.
Consider one pundit’s thoughts on this issue: “The kids and all the grands came over for our annual Christmas breakfast together, and we had ourselves a time. I have to say that the sheer volume of gifts was significant. ...As I looked out over the pandemonium, I thought of the annual clucking of tongues over consumerism and so forth, wherein we are all exhorted — for the betterment of our souls — to limit ourselves to one or two gifts, max, and preferably they will be kind of gifts that did not attract the attention of too much mammon, the kind you can get at the dollar store. In short, the exhortation — for the betterment of our souls — exhorts us to be as unlike God as we can be. God is lavish, and He did not try to teach us selflessness by undergiving. Throughout my entire life, not to mention all the ages before I was born, God has always way overdone it. And the imitation of Christ means, among other things, imitating that.” (See here)
We’ve a new building, and brand new opportunities. God’s gracious giving is always beyond what we deserve (thus, “gracious”). What will we do about it? To whom much is given, much is required. Luke 12.48b is both a promise, and a warning!
Thank God for His abundance toward us! May we be found faithful!