Philosopher Jacob Needleman writes, “There is a struggle that is more interesting than pleasure or ego satisfaction . . . . There is something far more interesting than what money can buy.” The matter at hand is a movement from greed to generosity. The Bible calls greed, avarice, and relates it to materialism. We are born to be greedy. This a part of our human condition, but we don’t want to remain here. We can become generous. A movement towards generosity starts with a desire for something more.
The Rich Young Ruler (Mark 10:17-27) had it all together. He was rich. He was young. He had a lot to be excited about. He came to Jesus asking about eternal life. Jesus ultimately tells him to sell his possessions and give his money to the poor. The rich young ruler could not do this. He could not turn his heart and life to God and others. He continued to live a life of greed. To become generous, we need to give our heart to God. We also need to trust that God will provide. Greed is often grounded in fear.
Salmon P. Chase was our Treasury Secretary during the Civil War. In 1861 he wrote a letter that included these words, “No nation can be strong except in the strength of God, or safe except in his defense. The trust of our people should be declared on our national coins,” so originated the words, “In God We Trust.” And why was that the case? Because God can do things humans cannot do. We need to trust that God will provide. We shouldn’t fear.
Commitment Sunday is October 27 in the church. You will be asked to complete a Commitment Card for giving to the general fund in 2020. The tithe is the goal, but you are challenged to make an initial step to give 10% more than you currently give. If you give $50 a week, you are challenged to move up to $55.
Let us move to a level of generosity and trust God along the way! Our Lord is always good!
A Thousand Blessings! Scott