I love this quote by Saint Augustine. It says so much in so few words. And as we approach our Commitment Sunday this week, these words also serve as a timely reminder for us. God always desires to equip us and allow us to participate in what He is doing. Often, however, we are found with our hands full.
Our hands can be full with many things in this life. We may tightly manage our home, family, free time, or finances. Typically we do so to maintain control. We are reluctant to loosen our grasp, because we are not sure what may happen if we do. Unfortunately, by not loosing our grip we may miss what God may desire to do in or through us.
God gives us opportunities to grow in our trust of Him by participating in what He is doing in the world. As you know, this is what stewardship is all about. And our financial giving plays an important role in that process. Many realities about God come into focus as we trust Him in this area.
As we heard in the gospel lesson last Sunday, the parable of the talents in Matthew 25, God entrusts more to those who are faithful in what He gives them. He desires that as we grow in our trust of Him, we show ourselves to be able to handle greater things. I believe this is true for us as individuals and as a church. God is looking for those with empty hands who have faithfully used what He gave, so that they can share in a greater measure of His plans and purposes.
I pray that as we prepare for our stewardship ingathering this week, we will be found as those who hold loosely to what God gives and use it to His glory. I believe and know He has great plans for each of us, and for our church as we respond to Him.