Being released from the bonds of consumerism as we respond extravagantly with generosity and deep gratitude for all God provides.
(Deuteronomy 15:7-11; 2 Corinthians 8:6-11; 1 Thessalonians 5:18; Luke 17:11-18)
A life of gratitude and generosity should be such a simple task in North America. If you have travelled to any degree or read about various country situations, you know that we have never lived in such a time of wealth as we do now. The variety of food we can enjoy, the vast array of cars we can purchase, the houses that are being built with the many conveniences – all point to affluence. Yet, so many people seem trapped. Either trapped in debt with an inability to control consumption, or trapped in a life of scarcity, hoarding their wealth “just in case” something happens, or to simply declare (publicly or privately) how large their net worth is. In the midst of all of this, there is much unhappiness. The use of drugs, therapies, and counsellors to help us find happiness is at an all-time high, particularly among the financially wealthy.
As always, God’s ways are not our ways. God encourages us not to hoard and not to buy more stuff, but to invest in Kingdom work, watching out and ensuring that everyone has enough. To invest our time for the sake of other people’s relational health as well as our own. By giving, we receive joy, contentment, freedom, and ultimately God’s favour. We desire to live counter-culturally, to enjoy the blessing of God on our lives individually as well as a church community. This is our value.