In the end, simplicity and generosity are virtues that open the door to the fruit of the Spirit called Joy! Less clutter means more room, more margin, and more space for us to pay attention to what God is doing around us. Less clutter means less anxiety about having it all, which leads to more time spent wondering how God might be calling us to invest in our relationship with God, self, and neighbor. Less clutter means less pressure to produce, manufacture, and earn which leads to more freedom to pursue God’s unique call in our lives, to make discipleship – our following of Jesus – primary.
For the last few weeks, we have been on a journey together. We have been invited to consider what it might look like to surrender the things that matter most to us.
Now we ask for a renewed commitment out of the abundance that is found among us. Each of our financial commitments might not seem like enough, trivial even. Yet the promise of God is that when we give what we have, God takes it, blesses it, breaks it, and gives it. If the story of faith is true, then God multiplies our little in ways that change everything!
I am thankful for the many ways that this season in our lives together has spoken to me about our shared life. The challenges ahead are real as we face increasing polarization, anxiety, and fear in our culture and in the Church. Yet I can see that Grace Community is uniquely gifted for such a time as this!
We are a growingly diverse community in a society increasingly suspect of diversity. We are a community open to questions, doubts, and even unbelief in a society that seems to demand certainty. We are a community filled with hope in a society filled with hopelessness. We are a community committed to loving ALL people in a society that would rather only love some. We are a community committed to dignity and respect, especially in disagreement, in a society that is increasingly polarized and filled with indignities and disrespect. We are a community called by God to be bearers of grace in a society that desperately needs to hear that grace is indeed enough!
For 26 years we have lived into our call to be a unique congregation in Shreveport/Bossier. Many have found the way of Jesus through us, made a home among us, and served this community in ways that have made it a better place. As we look into the future we are positioned to continue our call to transform seekers into servants in 2019 and beyond.
Our body is needed more than ever. Our call is still relevant to the needs around us. Now let us commit once again to our shared work through our financial gifts and whole selves so that we can live into our call boldly. Let us begin again as the people of No Judgement, Just Grace!