When Nicole first scheduled me for this blog I thought, “Crap, I have to write a blog that’s worth $500,000.”
As Thanksgiving approaches, so does our annual Thanksgiving Offering. Our goal is $500,000, which for me comes with a little vomit-in-the-mouth feeling when I say it. For a chicken-farm church, this goal may seem astronomical or insurmountable or insert your own adjective, but pretty much everything that comes from God seems like that to us.
God’s vision for us, for His church, is far greater than any one of us could ever think of. No one in Carroll County would have predicted a church out on Highway 113 would set out to build a community center at the other end of the bypass. No one at SoHills would have expected our 2017 Thanksgiving Offering goal to be double what it was last year. But that’s because we didn’t come up it. This vision we are walking out daily has been entrusted to us by God to show Carrollton and the nation what it truly means to love our neighbor.
God has given us this thing called City Station and it is in full swing. What is currently a construction site is already being used to get the word out about what God is doing through our family. Our staff has not only had opportunities to present this project to numerous committees and community members, but I know a group of 7th-grade students talked with a group of 85 year-olds about the ministry that is going to happen, the ministry that is already happening!
This tool… this ministry is going to be amazing, but it comes with sacrifice. In order to make this vision truly happen, we have to make sacrifices. We have to sacrifice our time, energy, preferences, comfort, and finances to make disciples. One way we do this as a church is through our Thanksgiving Offering.
The purpose of this Sunday is to intentionally thank God for all He has done over the past year and ultimately for the greatness of His grace and the sacrifice He made. We thank Him and give back. In reality, we are only in possession of our finances by loan, and God has called us to live sacrificially through this gift. To lay on the alter our selfishness, our greed, our wants and desires and to acknowledge the amazing gifts God has given us. Our money is not ours. It’s a gift, and God has called us to be a manager of this gift. How will you show God thanks through this gift?