Living the Story...
Maybe you heard Sunday's sermon. I mentioned some college student that taught knitting in Africa for the purposes of economic development. You can read them on msnbc, here. When Moses asks God how God is going to use him to deliver the people from slavery, God asks Moses a question right back: "What is that in your hand?" It turns out that Moses had a walking stick, a staff. And as the story unfolds in Exodus three, we see that this stick is the very thing God uses to enable Moses to do a job bigger than his human capacity.
"What's in your hand?" Artistic ability? Oceans of compassion? A love of the elderly, or children? A knack for making money? Ability to crochet hats? Whatever it is, God can certainly use, as we make ourselves available and step into His story. The challenge though, as I shared on Sunday, is that we're not able to pick and choose, joining God's story with our creativity, but keeping our financial, sexual, relational choices for ourselves. So the work of peeling our hands off of that which we're fearful of relinquishing begins, and if we let God take us there... well I'm certain quite a story will unfold.
Thus ends the stewardship series... next week: GRACE ANATOMY: The meaning and calling of church.