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Here I Stand: Make a Statement with Your Generosity

posted Nov 3, 2017, 9:55 AM by Gethsemane Lutheran Church   [ updated Nov 9, 2017, 8:08 AM ]

Pastor John Nelson

As we move further into our year reflecting on the Reformation and celebrating the impact it continues to have on our lives, one of the core components we lift up is the need to take a stand for what we believe in. 

Martin Luther is famous for not only standing up for what he believed in, but then nailing his grievances to the door of the town church. While that might seem a little bit grandiose for our reserved mid-western taste, what is telling is that Luther knew his actions said something. More than words, our actions speak volumes. 

What do your actions say about what you believe in? How does your life reflect your faith? St. Francis of 
Assisi is famous for his line, “Preach the Gospel at all times. If necessary, use words.” Like Luther, he knew what we do, matters. How we live out our faith is often more impactful to the world than what we say.  

Rather than initiating a “program” for our fall Stewardship drive we invite you to reflect on how your life “preaches” your faith. When we see that it is God who abundantly blesses us with his grace and all that we have, we have a whole new model of generosity than what the world would present to us. 
In Mark 12:41-44, the story of the Widow’s Mite, Jesus lifted up a widow who made an offering to God that reflected her abundant faith that it is God who provides. Her abundant faith translated into abundant generosity in how she used what little she had. 

We have an abundance of gifts to share and where we use them or put them to work is a statement of what is most important to us. In essence, it is a statement of our faith. 

This month you will be invited to make your own statement of faith and post them, one personally, and the other communally. You will receive a mailing in a few weeks with two cards where you can write how you hope to make a statement with your generosity. One will be for you to post at home, the other you can post anonymously at church. We challenge everyone to think of one new way you wish to make a statement with your time, and also with your giving. It is one more way we let the Christ in us shine through.  

Even though it has been 500 years, it is best to admit we are “Still Being Reformed” and called to put our faith into practice. Join us this fall in exploring your own understanding of living an abundant life and making a statement with your generosity.