“Fear not, little flock, for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom. Sell your possessions, and give alms; provide yourselves with purses that do not grow old, with a treasure in the heavens that does not fail, where no thief approaches and no moth destroys. For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”- Luke 12:32-34
My parents were flower children so I ate a lot of granola and yogurt for snack in elementary school. I looked longingly at my classmates sandwiches with yellow mustard and baloney. Their zip lock bags of Ritz crackers and snack size containers of Jiff peanut butter made me regularly break the tenth commandment about coveting what belongs to your neighbor.
Now and then as a treat from my indulgent Grandfather or through the underground lunch box economy I would get my hands on some junk food, but before my second mouth full of Twinkie I’d start to feel sad. It would dawn on me that whatever I had would be gone within minutes and then I’d have to make due with hummus and carrots again.
In the Sermon on the Mount, when Jesus tells his friends to sell everything they have he loses me in the dust. But when he tells them to live generously and to believe that it’s His father’s pleasure to give us the Kingdom, I know from stewardship that that is true. Any time I’ve shared what I have in Jesus’ name there has always been enough. And unlike eating a Twinkie, it’s been good for me and made me happy for a long time.
Anxiety is maybe the worst back seat driver of all. When you want to follow Jesus it shouts “Are you crazy? You’re going the wrong way! There isn’t enough!” And when Jesus says “Fear not” I think it’s the same thing as calling out anxiety for what it is: a liar that sucks the joy out of everything God wants to give us.
When you consider making a pledge to Grace Church this stewardship season please don’t start by worrying about it. If you think you can increase your pledge- do! Sharing more will make you happy. If you can only give a little and think it’s not worth making a pledge- know that it is worth pledging. Jesus says you and your gift are enough.
All that matters is saying “yes” to God with what you have. If Grace Church is a place you come to say that “yes”, please join us in keeping those beautiful red doors open for everyone who’s searching for the unconditional love that we have found here.
Rev. Laurie Jean Wurm