Director of Missions

Good Measure

 

In the book Chicken Soup for the Soul there is an amazing story about giving: “Many years ago, when I worked as a volunteer at Stanford Hospital, I got to know a little girl named Liza who was suffering from a rare and serious disease. Her only chance of recovery appeared to be a blood transfusion from her five-year-old brother, who had miraculously survived the same disease and had developed the antibodies needed to combat the illness. The doctor explained the situation to her little brother, and asked the boy if he would be willing to give his blood to his sister. I saw him hesitate for only a moment before taking a deep breath and saying, ‘Yes, I’ll do it if it will save Liza.’ As the transfusion progressed, he lay in bed next to his sister and smiled, as we all did, seeing the color returning to her cheeks. Then his face grew pale and his smile faded. He looked up at the doctor and asked with a trembling voice, ‘Will I start to die right away?’ Being young, the boy had misunderstood the doctor; he thought he was going to have to give her all his blood. Whether this story is true or not I’m not sure, but the lesson behind it was that this young boy was willing to give everything for his sister.

 

I wonder if we gave like this young boy what amazing things God would do in response to it. The Scripture says, “Give, and it will be given to you: good measure, pressed down, shaken together, and running over will be put into your bosom. For with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you” (Luke 6:38). The operative part of this passage is that with the same measure that you use, it will be measured back to you. The good measure of our giving should be directly related to how we have been transformed by Christ. In the previous part of this  passage Jesus speaks to the conduct of His followers. He says to love your enemies and to do good to those you hate you. He tells us we should pray for those who spitefully use us and when we are struck to turn the other cheek. These are radical teachings that seem to go against the grain of our very existence. Yet, when we are transformed by Christ we become more like Him. We should become more like Him especially in our giving. Jesus gave His life so that we might live. His preeminent giving has left a lasting legacy of salvation and everlasting life in its wake.

 

As your Church prepares its budget for next year, I want to encourage you to consider giving in a greater way to the Kingdom’s work through the Union Baptist Association. Our ministry efforts are based on our mission statement which says, “The UBA exists to support cooperating churches in their divinely appointed task of fulfilling the Great Commission” (Matthew 28:19-20). We accomplish this in a variety of different ways. We accomplish this through leadership development, mission expansion, nurturing fellowship between churches, deepening discipleship and strengthening churches. We are an extension of your ministries. We hope you will prayerfully consider cooperating with other like-minded churches in a greater way to advance the Gospel through your giving to the  Union Baptist Association.

 

Serving the Kingdom Together, 

Eric