I confess, sometimes I feel anemic.
I read about Moses, Joshua, or Isaiah, and the God that showered plagues on Pharaoh can seem far away. I want to be an instrument of God’s power, but sometimes when I rub up against the brokenness of this world, my offering just seems too small.
I know I am not alone. When the disciples looked at the crowd and saw their need, the two small loaves and five small fish seemed little in comparison….until they passed through the hands of Jesus. The Bible tells us that Jesus took the little offering and as it passed through His hands it became a feast that fed more than 5,000 people!
Taking the five loaves and the two fish and looking up to heaven, he gave thanks and broke them. Then he gave them to the disciples to distribute to the people. Luke 9:16
I often talk with church leaders, who are overwhelmed by the needs of their community: the illnesses, the debt, the apathy. Often there seems to be a disconnect from what happens on Sunday morning and how people live the rest of the week. The promises of God’s faithfulness, provision, and redemption can seem very far away in the grind of daily life.
We want people to understand that stewardship is more than a building campaign.
That’s why at Reimagine, we want people to understand that stewardship is more than a building campaign. It’s more than budgets or commitment cards. Stewardship IS discipleship, and it takes more than an hour a week for people to marinate in its truth.
If you are like me, and you want to see Jesus take your little and make it much, we have to acknowledge that we can’t meet the needs around us with our own strength or wisdom. God alone can redeem the brokenness. He is calling us to be His hands and feet, to extend His love to the weak and hurting, to pour ourselves out into the lives of those around us. It isn’t easy, but it is a joyful calling. And, as one of our Living Generously pastors recently said, “Love isn’t a one-time event. It’s lived out daily.”