Amma Sue - April 2015

posted 1 May 2015, 08:12 by Richard Jones   [ updated 1 May 2015, 08:12 ]

Dear Friends 

April sees the beginning of Spring and also the end of the financial year!  Tax returns are now all in and the calculations have been made, by the time you read this we will have had a new Budget set by the Chancellor and the Election Campaign is in full swing; so it seems that even the staid and boring subject of financial planning has taken on the shade of spring-green! 

It is of course tempting to think that all this financial and business planning has little to do with our spiritual lives – but God of course isn’t confined to those bits that we label “religious” but is concerned with all aspects of our lives, even those bits that seem most “unspiritual.”  The beginning of the book of Genesis tells us that we are called to be stewards of the whole of creation, and the books of Numbers and Deuteronomy remind us that God is God of our finances and our business affairs as well; and that we as God’s faithful followers should bring all things under God’s just and gentle rule.  How we make and spend our money is just as “spiritual” as praying and going to church on Sundays, for it is how we conduct the ordinary every day affairs of life that say so much more about how we love God above all things and our neighbours as ourselves than any amount of church attendance.  For it is the ordinary and the every day that proves our faith, for the “proof of the pudding is in the eating” as the saying goes. As we plan our finances for the next year we should do so under prayer asking God’s guidance for how much we should be giving to others through our charitable giving, how much we should be giving to our local church to further our vision and our mission, and how much we should be using for our own family commitments. 

God’s economy isn’t based on prudence however, but on generosity and in God’s economic planning giving to others means that we will receive so much more than we can ever give.  So as we look to the newness of Spring watching God’s creation give so generously and abundantly let us in our turn give generously and abundantly to God.  Giving generously of our money, our time and our talents sure in the knowledge that our heavenly Father will give good things to those who ask him and that in giving even a cup of water to others, we are giving to Christ himself. 

May the blessings of the Risen Lord Jesus be with you all. 

 May God richly bless you all      Amma Sue