Our Christian history in Bible scriptures is full of stories of unbounded generosity from the Old Testament to Calvary and beyond. We are clearly informed by the writers about the role of generosity, charity, and giving in the life of faithful children of God. From Hannah praying as a barren old woman to the Lord for a son (Samuel) whom she would immediately “give” back to him for faithful service in the tabernacle, to modern-times Mother Teresa who would “give” her life and empty it for service to the poor in the slums of Calcutta, to Jesus Christ himself who hung on a Roman cross to “give” ALL of us forever, eternal salvation — giving is the Christian life! As much as faith and hope, charity is the signature of a faithful follower of Christ.
In our contemporary culture, we often hear “skin in the game” as a phrase to connote importance in a business proposition, a prominent role in a group or team, and generally an investment in something that is significant to us “personally.” It is not sufficient for someone else, like a family member or a dear friend or a rich organization, to have their skin in the game for us — it is our skin that is necessary! Why is that so? Perhaps our effort, our devotion, our expectation, our result is absolutely required for a “win.” This is a trait of human behavior.
And so, in stewardship terms, a commitment is our skin in the game. In my life, a significant event in my spiritual journey was my decision to commence a life of pledging. It has literally changed my life, my understanding of responsibilities directly connected to my Christianity, and my relationship with all other persons. Indeed, I look forward to being a good Christian every day, in every opportunity, at every turn. I never say “no” to the Lord. Yes, that’s right — when our conscience is getting our attention, it is often the Lord “speaking” to us. Don’t say NO to Him.
A commitment is simply a promise. A promise is a plan. A plan is a sincere decision to accomplish. Accomplishment is a goal achieved. An earnest goal not achieved is generally a result of an unforeseen hurdle. Such a hurdle is forgivable; and we all know that the Lord is the master of forgiveness. Make your “promise” today; make your commitment. It will probably change your life (for the better!). What part of all of this does not make sense?
Get your skin in the game!
God Bless You,
Lay Stewardship Chair