Tonight’s Gray’s Anatomy about Transplant offered glimpses of many of the lessons I am learning about stewardship and giving. Generosity can be risky, because we never know what the receiver will do with our gifts. So maybe we should transform our focus from what happens to the gift, into why we give. We give because of who we are and from whom we come.
We give as an act of worship to a God who has given grace over all sin and death, over all brokenness. We give in the face of risk because God promises an abundant life with enough for all to share. We give in the face of risk because God is faithful and has been again and again. We give in the face of risk because God gives again and again when we don’t deserve it, but because God loves us. We are God’s own creation and God delights in us.
However, being God’s own creation in whom God delights does not make us perfect, nor does it make us good sharers. God gave humans a job to be generous rulers in the earth and to share the abundant blessings with which God has blessed us. Somehow over time we came to believe that because our money is a result of our jobs, or inherited from someone who trusted us, that it is no ones business how we spend it. The thing is, if we are people of faith then it is idolatry to believe the God doesn’t care how we spend our money.
So when I see a television show talking about transplant surgeries, the gift of life in the context of transformation with risks and joys and grief and fear and uncertainty and hope, yeah…I guess I do see a glimpse of the Realm in there. And I am glad to be blessed with new clarity on the real and promised joy of giving. Our giving should never be a tool of manipulation. It should only ever be a gift of love in worship and praise of a God who has first loved us.