The primary goal of the Christian life is to serve as a disciple of Christ. Those who are sincere about partnering with Christ in proclaiming and promoting the Kingdom of God do so by following the two great commandments (Love God; love your neighbor) and by ordering their life in such a way that their faith in God and relationship with Christ is self-evident. Does your life bear witness to your faith in Christ “so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you?” (2 Thessalonians. 2:12)
Both gratitude and generosity are essential traits for those who seek to follow Christ. They are expressions of our faith and trust in God. The apostle Paul addressed this in a letter to the congregation at Corinth.
“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.”
- Like anything else in life, the impact of faith on one’s life is determined by the level of personal commitment.
“Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance …”
- Everything comes from God. The dedication of our time, money, and abilities should be motivated by gratitude and a desire to make the world a better place rather than a sense of reluctant duty.
“You will be enriched in every way for your great generosity, which will produce thanksgiving to God through us; for the rendering of this ministry not only supplies the needs of the saints but also overflows with many thanksgivings to God.”
- Christians not only expresses gratitude to God, but become a cause for thanksgiving and gratitude through their generosity and service.
“Through the testing of this ministry you glorify God by your obedience to the confession of the gospel of Christ and by the generosity of your sharing with them and with all others, while they long for you and pray for you because of the surpassing grace of God that he has given you.”
- Our action or lack thereof, speaks more eloquently than any confession of faith.
“Thanks be to God for his indescribable gift!”
The “indescribable gift” is the chance to partner with God in the transformation and salvation of the world. God invites believers to unite in this task. You can bear witness to your faith in Christ “so that the name of our Lord Jesus may be glorified in you” and resolving to:
- Attend worship regularly throughout the year
- Receive Holy Communion at least once a year
- Contribute financially to the ministry of the congregation
- Make every effort to be involved in one area of the church’s ministry. (From Bylaws of EHMC)