In many churches the words, “God is good!” draws the response “All the time.” Then the call, “And all the time,” draws “God is good!” In our churches we are sure to spread the word that God loves us. As just one means of responding to God’s vast love for us, we are drawn to give back to God through our churches and their work in the world.
In my denomination we promise to support the church with our “prayers, presence, gifts, service, and witness” when we join. It is much the same in any church for these are the things Christ did when He set us the example of how to live our lives.
I think the list goes from easiest to hardest for most people. A time of prayer each day or a few prayers here and there is easy to offer up to God. Being present in church on a regular basis takes a bit more effort but is not really that hard. Giving back some of the gifts that God has blessed us with is OK for most. When one begins to speak of tithing it takes a bit more and here is where we begin to see some delineation in what commitment really looks like. Service requires a higher commitment that basic giving. It is more that the hour on Sunday morning and often requires some effort to serve. Here we see more separation.
But that last word – witness – is the most challenging. It is the promise that takes risk, the one that requires us to really put ourselves out there. It also calls upon us to trust in God and to seek the Spirit’s lead. His promise is to give us the words we need, when we need them. When we offer our witness or testimony, God will be fully present with us if we acknowledge our need for Him. Trust and obey, for God really is good all of the time.
Scripture reference: Psalm 107: 1-3