Friends in Christ,
You have nothing that God needs.
Before God created the world, he wasn't sitting in heaven pining away for companionship. Within the Trinity, God has infinite community and love. God didn't need creation—it was an intentional act of divine grace, an overflow of boundless love.
God has created each and every person on this world intentionally. None of us are an accident. God wanted to create us, and he wants the best for us—he wants to welcome us into the infinite community and love that he experiences in the Trinity. He wants us to join the overflowing joy of eternal life.
And he wants you to experience that here and now, in this life. We aren't meant to sit around and wait for heaven—our lives are meant to be busy creating heaven on earth, joining in with God's ongoing renewal work. God wants abundance and joy and peace and growth for you.
I say all of this because we're going to be talking about money in October, and the church hasn't always been great about explaining why we give money to God. We're perhaps guilty of leading people into thinking that God needs your money. God doesn't. God wants you to give money to the church because it will teach you how to handle money and how to be grateful. Scripture teaches us that giving money is one of our many responses to the God who gives us everything, including our money and our ability to work. Giving away money is a bold statement of faith in the God who provides. Putting God first in our lives includes putting him first in our finances, which is just as important as putting him first in our marriages and jobs and relationships and play. God must always come first.
As other pastors have said, “God doesn't need something from you. But God wants something for you.”
God loves you and wants abundant & eternal life for each of us. May we respond with grateful praise.
In Christ, Keith