Normally homework is a bit of a battle in our house but this week was quite good fun when one of my children brought home the following question:
“You have £110,000 to spend. Ask your family what they would like to spend it on and make a shopping list. Remember to keep within the budget.”
We had lots of fun creating a list of what we would all like - including LOL Dolls, Games Consoles, a new car and a holiday in the Maldives. We thought we were being quite extravagant but surprisingly, we struggled to spend all of the money.
On Sunday we were looking at the Parable of the Talents (read it again here). As we thought about what the parable might mean, Helen asked us all a similar question:
“What would you do with £1.3 million?”
Unfortunately she wasn’t offering to give us £1.3 million but she explained that this was approximately the amount of money that a talent was worth. Helen told us that the Parable tells us three things:
- God is generous in what he gives to us whether that be money, time, skills or possessions
- God trusts us to the money, time, skills and possessions responsibly to build his kingdom (think about the way we would expect Children in Need to handle the money given to it rather than a big lottery winner).
- God judges our response to his generosity and grace - he is a good God who calls his people to imitate him in generosity and grace.
That figure of £1.3 should be very familiar to most of us. It is the total amount that we need to raise to complete our Refurb: Building Lives project. As a church we have been working hard to save money and we are also applying for some grants but this parable also tells us something important about our own response. As we seek to live God’s love here and build his kingdom in our community, we all need to work together and play our part. The main way that we make a difference in this community is through the work that happens in our building every week. We want to continue to see lives changed for the better in our community as we imitate God’s grace and generosity. To be able to continue to do that, we need all of us to give what we can out of the resources that God has given to us. A huge thank you to those who have already contributed to the Refurb: Building Lives fund, it really does make a difference. As we continue to think about what it means to be good stewards of all that God has given us, please let’s all consider what we may be able to give as we seek to imitate our generous and gracious God.