When we commit to give we are more invested. This principle is universal. When we make commitments to a university, organization, club, or any group we are much more active and involved than if we don’t. With one of my girls in preschool now, I certainly can attest to this! When emails go out to help out here or there, I respond because I want the best for my daughter and also because I’m invested in her school. In other ways it holds me accountable as we strive to be the best stewards of our resources. I have found this to be true anywhere where we are invested and the Church is no different.
Jesus summed this up at the end of the Sermon on the Mount at he said, where your treasure is, there your heart will be also (Matt. 6:21). This statement makes an important distinction. Making a commitment to the Lord is far more about accountability than merely being involved or invested. It is about our heart. Growth in holiness, or the likeness of Jesus, involves every aspect of our lives. And in the West, more particularly in America, there is perhaps no better indicator of our priorities, use of time, and what we love and cherish than where our finances go. It serves as a spiritual wellness check to get a pulse for what is most prominent in our lives.
Make a financial commitment this year to grow in that regard. I’d love to see every household represented this year. The amount is far less important than the response. For it serves as a sign that as a church we are committed to our own growth as followers of Jesus and to the commitment to reach others who are lost or disconnected from Him. You are daily in my prayers as you seek the Lord in preparation for your response this Sunday.