It was on October 31st in the year 1517 that a young priest by the name of Martin Luther nailed an open letter to the Christian community in Wittenberg, Germany and the Reformation was born. What took place 499 years ago shook the Christian world. The basic point of the movement was to be a response to what God has already done. It is a glorious celebration that reminds us we don’t need to earn God’s favor or plead with God to love us. God has done it all on our behalf! It is our responsibility to respond in joyful giving of ourselves to the Lord, and the needs of our fellow human beings.
This morning as we celebrate our Generosity Campaign on The Path to Gratitude, we look at commitment. It is not a commitment to try and work harder, it is a commitment to seriously seek the life of joy. I pray this morning we all experience a little “Reformation” in each of our lives to become the women and men God has called us to be.
Dr. Mark Brewer
Interim Senior Pastor
The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work. As it is written, "He scatters abroad, he gives to the poor; his righteousness endures forever." He who supplies seed to the sower and bread for food will supply and multiply your seed for sowing and increase the harvest of your righteousness. Corinthians 9:6-10
The final step on the path to gratitude is a difficult one for us - stepping out in faith in making a financial commitment to the church. Commitment involves follow through but also comes with this assurance - God provides.