Day 5 - Reflection

“Stewardship…pledge card…making a commitment…”  Such uncomfortable, even frightening words!  Why?  Is it that they appear just when we’ve spent money for “beach weeks,” school supplies, that shiny replacement for the old clunker we’ve had for so long, or one last summer fling at our favorite fancy restaurant?  Or does “Pledge Season” just come at an inconvenient time—between fall expenses and the holiday season? 

Jesus gives us a challenge and a promise in all of this.  “Ask, and it will be given to you; search and you will find; knock, and the door will be opened for you.  For everyone who asks receives, and everyone who searches finds, and for everyone who knocks, the door will be opened.”  He asks, “Is there anyone among you who, if your child asks for bread, will give a stone?  Or if the child asks for fish, will give a snake?  If you then, who are sinful, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your heavenly Father give good things to those who ask him?”  Jesus promises that if we trust God with our treasure, he will pour blessings upon us that we won’t have room to receive. 

Dare I believe this?  Dare I disbelieve this?  How much do I trust (lean on, reach for) the goodness, reliability and generosity of God?  And how does God’s generosity to me speak to my need to be generous to God?

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