I’ve always had a weakness when it comes to buying books. Just ask my wife about the 853 volumes taking up space in our house! Whether it is an ebook, or a new or used book I am also tempted to purchase. On occasion I will use the library, but I prefer to buy and own books.
What are those items you love to shop for these days? Maybe for you it is clothes, shoes, hats, cars, household items, yard equipment, hunting or fishing equipment, or something else. We live in a consumer driven culture. Our economy thrives or struggles based on purchasing.
When it comes to our faith journey or church experience we may also find ourselves shopping for certain things. We might be tempted to shop around and, in a sense, purchase religious services. A youth or family ministry program, an enriching worship experience, a summer youth program, or any aspect of church that might meet a need.
So, here is a challenge for us on the journey. Is your first question, “What
can I give? How can I serve? What can I contribute to my community of
faith?” These are radically different questions from these: “What can get?” or
“How can you meet my needs?”
Now, don’t get me wrong. Being part of a faith community has benefits: love, fellowship, learning, and service. We benefit in so many ways from giving our
time, talent, and resources in service to our Lord, Jesus Christ.
May you be led by the Spirit in your life of giving, serving, and offering yourself as Christ to others.
Joy in the Journey,
Pastor Durk K. Peterson