In my last article, I wrote of the many mission opportunities the folks of the Ridge Church support. I continue to be pleasantly amazed at all the Lord is able to do through this congregation.
This week my article serves as a gentle reminder of the necessity of financially supporting the day-to-day operation of The Ridge Church. Without the consistent financial support of the folks of The Ridge Church, as provided through the giving
of tithes and offerings, The Ridge Church would cease to exist.
I realize it’s a challenge to get excited about water, light fixtures, electricity, furniture, buildings, staff salaries, printed materials, video projectors, microphones, computers, telephones, music material, vacuum cleaners, soap, trash cans, stamps, postcards, coffee, windows, Wi-Fi, a web page, and an assortment of other equally boring items. Yet, all of these are necessary for the fulfillment of the mission that God has called us to accomplishment, “To lead non-believers into fully devoted followers of Jesus Christ.”
I am hesitant to send out this reminder because I am aware of the many financial household commitments many already have. Nevertheless, I am also aware of the generous spirit of the people of The Ridge Church. In addition, I remember the teaching of Jesus as recorded in the Gospel of Mark, (12:17) “Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s, and to God the things that are God’s.” In The Message, the response of the people to these words of Jesus was, “their mouths hung open, speechless.”
It’s not a matter of just giving enough to get us by. It’s a matter of being responsible stewards of the bounty that God provides to meet the vision God has for this congregation. The vision exists to reach children and adults in our communities and lead them to follow Jesus. However, the financial resources for enlisting, training, and developing the necessary components are simply not available at this time. Meanwhile we do the best with the resources we have. Again, I am pleasantly amazed that God is still able to accomplish much. Still, so much more of God’s plan could be achieved if our financial giving increased.Actually, financially supporting The Ridge Church is not just a necessity, nor even a responsibility. It is a privilege. I am grateful for the privilege of being an enthusiastic financial supporter of The Ridge. I know you are as well. May our enthusiasm abound!