Sep 21, 2012

Who We Are

Next week, we kick off our Fall Stewardship Campaign, and what we give to others is certainly a measure of our main concerns. An old Hasidic saying puts the idea of our relationship with others this way:
“The person who thinks he can live without others is mistaken, the person who thinks that others can’t live without him is even more mistaken.”
As we think about our gifts to God through the ministries of the church, we do well to think about God’s gifts to us through the ministries of the church. What we are and have been and will be, only God can give as a precious gift. All we are asked to give God back is a small portion of what was already God’s to begin with. We will know what to do with our possessions when we remember who we are as possessed by God.

Hendrik Kraemer, the Dutch theologian, was contacted by several of his friends in 1939 in the Netherlands. They told him they were concerned because many of their Jewish friends were missing from their towns and villages. They asked Kramer what they ought to do. He said to them, "I cannot tell you what to do. But I can tell you who you are. If you know who you are you will know what to do." They went out and organized the Resistance movement.

As trials and temptations come to us, we need to remember who we are, and then we will know how to act and what to do. We are sinners saved by grace. Therefore, "live your life in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ" (Philippians 1:27).

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