Whether it be the faithfulness of God's people in giving of the first fruits in an act of worship to Him, or the instruction to the Israelites not to harvest the whole field, but to leave some for the poor, the widow and the alien, Scripture has much to say on the subject.
There is perhaps no clearer place to look however than the parable in Luke 19:11-27. Even a quick reading of the text leaves us asking, are we being faithful with what has been entrusted to us?
These are exciting days at The Orchard Church, where I have the honor of serving. Not only are we seeing God's transforming power in peoples lives, but we have recently been given the opportunity to partner with a sister church to see a new Spanish Language congregation planted right here in McHenry. When I say right here, I mean literally right here, because as our Elders discussed this partnership it was very clear to us that the building that our church calls home, belongs to the head of our church - Jesus Christ, and that He would have us willingly share it.
It certainly isn't a new concept, several different congregations sharing space. Most towns have at least one church that is already doing that, sometimes a single building being used by five or six congregations - but it is new for us, and I'm pretty excited about it.
To those who make The Orchard Church their home, thank you for your generous support and for your willingness to share the blessings of God with others. To the Lord Jesus Christ, as best as we know how, we stand ready to be obedient, to go where you would have us go, to do what you would have us do - that all the glory would go to you and not to us!
We're taking this step out of obedience to God's call, not out of any benefit it might bring, but call me old fashioned, I'm taking God at His Word... I believe that He still rewards those who are faithful with a little, and entrusts them with still bigger things. I am asking God to help us be faithful in the small things so that He might grant us the joy of seeing an even greater impact for the Kingdom throughout our region and around the world.