Living a Life of Abundance
It is hard to believe that summer is coming to a close. This year at Zion’s summer has included Vacation Bible School, a regional youth event and even an experiment with one worship service for the month of August. We celebrated two weddings, said goodbye to two beloved members and celebrated the birth of a child. All of which says life with all of its joys and sorrows has blessed our church. Often when we are in the midst of life it is hard to see the abundance and be truly grateful for all of our life.
When you think of your life this summer what are you grateful for? Where do you see abundance in your life? Sometimes we see the abundance of life not just in the fruits but in the weeds. We see the wonder of God’s abundance often in places we are not sure we want it. Yet we live in an abundant and wonderful world.
Our Biblical texts this fall will take us to think about both keeping Sabbath and tithing. Both of these disciplines are ways we act out our trust that God truly does provide. We can rest one day a week and give away a tenth of our income because we know that God has put us in an abundant world. We act in faith that God will provide when we live out these principals, refusing to live the life of scarcity that our culture would have us believe we must. Living in tune with these principals may seem hard to imagine as I am sure it did to the people of ancient Israel who were living off the land in a climate that made farming hard, but they trusted God to provide and God did. Where is your scarcity thinking holding you back from celebrating the abundant world God has put you in?
I welcome you into an experiment this fall. I welcome you to try both tithing (weather that money comes to the church or other ministry) and keeping one day a week as holy and set apart. See where living life trusting in God’s abundance takes you in the next three months. How do you receive God’s gifts differently when you live from a sense of abundance?
I will be waiting to hear what you experience.