By Heather Werle, Director of Communications
God doesn’t need our stuff. He doesn’t need our money or our time or our smarts or our education or our experience or our stuff. He just doesn’t.
The God who created the universe and everything in it can do anything He wants to do when He wants to do it and how He wants to do it. Seas parting, walls crumbling, donkeys talking, dry bones dancing, dead man walking…the Bible is full of stories where God does things that seem impossible to make us know that He is God and to accomplish His purposes. Yet, in all His love, He invites us to participate in what He is doing so that we may ultimately know Him more intimately—reflecting His glory, obeying His Word and making His Name famous.
In 1 Chronicles 28-29, God tells David to have Solomon to build a temple. The building plans were specific. They required a construction crew and stuff. Stuff that belonged to the people. Stuff from faraway. Stuff that was unique and expensive. Stuff that was common and cheap. All for a project that God wanted His people to complete.
The Israelites who participated in building the temple had an incredible opportunity. They constructed this house of worship and honored God. They executed the plans described by the Lord. The One who created the mountains and the seas and rescued them from Egypt. The God who led them to victory over many nations.
They were invited into the story, and thousands of years later, we’re still talking about the building that they built.
I can’t help but wonder if those who did the hard labor and wove the fabrics had any idea that the story of their sacrifice would be read about halfway around the world in an entire different language in words of a book printed on a machine not even fathomed at that time…all because each person chose to participate?
God doesn’t need our stuff. But He invites us to use our stuff — the stuff that he’s allowed us to manage here on earth – in His story, no matter big or small, even though we may never see the entire picture or understand the full purpose on this side of heaven.
How might God be calling you to participate in what He is doing right here and now at the corner of 183 and 360 in Austin that will leave a legacy for generations to come? Our Live Oak building is a modern-day example. Perhaps you have already contributed to the fund for the Live Oak Building, a place where children will grow up hearing the story of Jesus? Perhaps you are considering a year-end donation?
As 2016 comes to a close, you are encouraged and invited to participate in the story that God is writing in and through the congregation of Grace Covenant Church by helping to financially contribute to a place that will be used to make disciples and His Name famous for generations to come.
To complete your building pledge or make a year-end donation, please visit Ways to Give today.
“‘But who am I, and who are my people, that we should be able to give as generously as this? Everything comes from you, and we have given you only what comes from your hand.’”
—1 Chronicles 29:14