Anyone who knows me knows that I have never considered money management to be a great strength. It has been a slow move toward adulthood when it comes to understanding budgets, spending controls, and managing income. But one thing has been slowly moving me toward working harder at this. It’s very simple. I want to give more to church. While that isn’t the only reason, it is certainly one that Kathryn and I talk about a lot.
Our church is a big part of who we are as a family, and we believe that God has been doing great things here at Holy Cross for a long time. I want and pray that Holy Cross will be a part of this community for a long time to come. But in order for that to happen, it means thinking ahead now so that our children will be able to make good on the work that we have done.
What does that look like? It means looking at how has God blessed us in terms of income. It means looking at our spending priorities, and recognizing that God uses people like us to accomplish His purposes here on earth. The money, the time, and the energy doesn’t come from somewhere else. God gives it to us. But how do we manage it, and how do we do so in a way that keeps Jesus Christ and Him crucified front and center in our lives? In many ways, that is what this campaign is all about. How do we as Christians talk about and understand money as a good gift from God?
Honestly, it’s not easy. Jesus talks about money more than just about anything. Maybe even more than faith itself. Why? Because anything that happens costs something to someone. Absolution is free. But who is going to preach? Where do we gather to hear His Word and receive His Sacraments? How do we reach those who are in need of Jesus Christ and the forgiveness of sins? Something that is free for one person means it costs someone else. We live as best as we can in Jesus’ image (Philippians 1:9-11), and that may mean sacrificing what is important for the moment in order to do something bigger and greater than ourselves.
How has God blessed and worked in your life, so that you are now free to sacrifice and to give for others? Where has God blessed you so that you see a need that you can fill? Does that mean money or time or energy and attention? Does it mean something else entirely?
I hope you will journey with us together as we thinking about what all this means by Living as the Body of Christ.
Pastor Todd Peperkorn