Why should we do good things? Why should we care about the way we live and what we do with what we have? Mark Allan Powell has suggests a frame of mind for us: “Belonging to God and living for Christ are not means by which we seek to repay God for what God has done. Rather, belonging to God and living for Christ are ways of describing what it means to be redeemed. It is not a response to salvation; it is salvation. It is part of the gift.”
He means that a godly life is salvation—not some reserved spot in a heaven light years away, but a way of life right here and right now. What we do right here and now matters. How we respond to God’s call right here and now matters, because our response is part of the way God saves us. Think of throwing a baseball—the great throw from right field to nail the runner at second base doesn’t just happen in that one moment. It happens because the fielder plays a lot of baseball, practicing throws in different situations, enjoying the sun and the camaraderie of the game.
What we do right here and now with the gifts we received from God matters. First, it matters that we view our possessions as things God has given to us for the betterment of the world. That can be hard for us, since we are accustomed to thinking about what we deserve and what we earn. But if we think of our things as given to us by God for the sake of the world, that can change how we go about using them. It’s good to have enough for your daily needs and comfort. Then, it’s great to use God’s gifts for the betterment of the world. Generosity is godliness, and the act of being generous changes us into more generous people. That’s part of our salvation.
There’s a lot coming up at OSA. Please look at the sidebar for all the information. A quick note on a few things: first, there will be a garden work day after church on Sunday, and several other days as well. Second, don’t forget about our Oktoberfest on Saturday at 5:30! It’s a good way to support the church and have a good time. And finally, today from 4-6 p.m. we’ll be blessing pets in the garden. Bring yours by!