“Now as you excel in everything – in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in utmost eagerness, and in our love for you – so we want you to excel also in this generous undertaking. I do not say this as a command, but I am testing the genuineness of your love against the earnestness of others. For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for our sake, he became poor, so that by his poverty you might become rich… for if the
eagerness is there, the gift is acceptable according to what one has – not according to what one does not have.” – 2 Corinthians 8:7-9,12
Talking about money in church is uncomfortable. Regardless of how much money we do or do not have, everyone has an emotional connection to money. We do not like associating the finality of cold hard cash with the infinitely warm and encompassing love of God.
This tension in our monetary attitudes illuminates the very dissonance present in our world. Our economy is rooted in the delightfully logical system of equal transaction – fair pay for the goods and services we need and desire. The economy that God lays out for us is inherently imbalanced, and our unfamiliarity with accepting unequal interaction makes us uncomfortable.
So how we can be more comfortable in God’s economy?
Our God is a creator who weaves our own unique gifts into our very souls. These soul gifts are what inform our view of the world, our various vocations, and how we fit into the large puzzle of creation. Our God is a generous God who creates and saves us through the grace of human nuance -we all have uniqueness to offer, and are infinitely bonded through the commonness of humanity.
Lean into these soul gifts of yours, lean into what makes you feel alive and most like your uniquely human self. It is in this leaning that we participate in God’s economy – when we love, when we eagerly walk by faith and knowledge, when we give grace to ourselves and others – in these places we make the most of God’s generosity.
God of generosity and grace, we lift up our soul gifts to you, our Creator. Empower us to be lights of generous love in a beautiful and broken world. Amen.