Giving is the most important action and force of humanity. Without giving (and by giving I mean giving of one’s time, talents or money without expectation of anything in return) you nor I nor the entire human race could survive. Infant babies cannot survive on their own, they must have someone able and willing to give of themselves in order to survive and mature. Giving is what keeps millions of people here in the United States and all over the world alive today. If it wasn’t for the free, unconditional giving or charity of fellow human beings, millions of people (adults and children) would die today because there would be no food, fresh water, shelter or medical help for the people of the world who cannot afford it. This is why people have and continue to gather together to act or to be a force of giving for and to each other…because then they cannot only survive or live together but they can thrive together...just like our little community of Shullsburg.
It is no small wonder then that God, being our creator and instiller of this giving nature, calls to us in love to offer us our salvation primarily through giving. God gave us His Son Jesus Christ, Jesus Christ gave us His body and blood and the hope beyond all hopes at His resurrection. God through Jesus Christ also gave us the church through the teachings of Jesus passed down through the early disciples and the giving of the Holy Spirit through Pentecost. All in order for us to accept the salvation He has lovingly offered us freely and unconditionally in the hopes that we will be inspired to give back to Him by giving our time, talents and money to His church and to each other…all so we can thrive now and for eternity in His Kingdom.
This month marks the beginning of the Centenary UMC Summer of Giving. Please take the time to pray and reflect on how God has given you and us as a church, a community and, frankly, as a nation. Then reflect on how much you have been and are being inspired freely and unconditionally to give of yourself to this church and humanity in order for us to thrive now and forever in the Kingdom of God…and, perhaps, if you feel that God is calling you to be, you might be inspired By God’s constant giving to give a little more consistently and maybe even give a little more. Giving is, after all, the most important act and force God has given us.