Summer Generosity

Summer is just around the corner. YEAH! That means vacations, swimming, sun burn, cook-outs, 4th of July, water skiing and sunlight-until-9 PM are just a few days from being a reality. To me...summer is one of the best seasons of the year. The family seems to play more, the weather is conducive to outside activity, and people seem to be in a better mood. Put all of that together and it spells F-U-N.

With all that fun comes people being busy and on the go. Which means we tend to miss more worship times during the Summer than most other seasons. It's all good...the family needs that summer fun. However, enjoying summer does not give us a pass on being generous through the sunshine months. 

At Grace our mission is to love, follow, and share Jesus Christ. We plan to do this through the summer. Jesus asked His disciples this question one day, "When the Son of Man returns, how many will he find on the earth who have faith?" (Luke 18:8) Great question! Keep in mind faith is not just what we believe it is also what we do. Belief and doing are always linked together when practicing Biblical faith. If we just have beliefs (and no doing) or just have doing (with incorrect beliefs) our faith is a cult. Ouch! Jesus made it clear. He is looking for people people who have faith. That's what the Bible calls faithful people. 

On another occasion Jesus told His disciples "If you are untrustworthy about worldly wealth, who will trust you with the true riches of heaven? And if you are not faithful with other people’s things, why should you be trusted with things of your own? No one can serve two masters. For you will hate one and love the other; you will be devoted to one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and money.” (Luke 16:9-14) Jesus is saying that we can either be faithful with money on earth or we can serve money on earth, but we can't do both. And, He is communicating that what we do with money now determines what kind of rewards and responsibilities we will have in eternity. Heaven is not going to be the same for everyone and it is faithfulness on earth that will determine those differences. 

So...with all of that in mind, I am encouraging you to be faithful in your giving through the summer months at Grace (or whatever local church you attend). It is easy to be unfaithful in our generosity during this season because we get out of our normal routine (it is not always about greed and selfishness). Fortunately, it is easier now more than ever to remain faithful in giving because of the ability to use online giving. When you are out of town on vacation or gathering for family activity you can use your computer or your smartphone (any day of the week) to practice faithfulness. All you have to do is click the "Online Giving" tab on Grace's website's home page. From there, just follow the instructions. It is easy, secure and faithful.

As a result of our collected faithfulness, Grace will carry out its mission of loving, following and sharing Jesus Christ.