Good Friends, it is Friday, November 20, 2015. It is the Friday before Stewardship Sunday, the Sunday before Thanksgiving and 36 days before Christmas. But who is counting?
The theme for this year’s Stewardship Campaign is “ARE YOU IN?” With the highlighted letters spelling “RUN” there is an emphasis of just that, RUN. The act of running implies that YOU ARE IN the race. Commitment. All in.
- Therefore, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us also lay aside every weight and the sin that clings so closely, and let us run with perseverance the race that is set before us, Hebrews 12:1 (NRSV)
- It is by your holding fast to the word of life that I can boast on the day of Christ that I did not run in vain or labor in vain.Philippians 2:16 (NRSV)
- Do you not know that in a race the runners all compete, but only one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may win it. 1 Corinthians 9:24 (NRSV)
My track and field career lasted all through high school. My fastest time in the 100-yard dash (yes, 100 yards not meters) was 14 seconds; with the softball throw about 250 feet. Needless to say, I was not bound for the Olympics anytime soon.
But I remember getting situated in the starting blocks on the track and waiting patiently for the coach with the starter gun to start the race. I was listening hard. I was determined. I was in the race, regardless of where I was in crossing the finish line. I was going to cross the line. I was in. All in.
Relationships are the same way. Some relationships are kept at a distance, while others are close to our chest; personal, private and very important. We each have our own relationship with God through Christ and the Church. Those relationships are unique. Nevertheless, the question, “How committed do I want to be?” is always in the forefront.
I will close with this. A few weeks ago I received an email from one the general church agencies asking, “Why Give?” Responses would be published if selected. I wrote these words: “I love God. I love my wife and children with all that I have and all that I am. I do no less to God.”
I am all in in my commitment to the church with all that I have and all that I am. I pray that you will be too.
Sunday’s Sermon will conclude our The Faith We Sing sermon series. I’ll be preaching from Mark16:15, with the corresponding song, “We All Are One Mission.”
See you Sunday.