By Pastor Kevin Van Wyk
I dread going in to talk with our financial planner. Oh, he’s a nice guy and even makes a good ump, but having to look closely at how well we are investing for the future . . . I can’t help but feel we’re not doing enough now.
Will we have enough to care for ourselves when we’re 80? Will we be able to bless are kids or will we need their support? More importantly, will God be pleased with our stewardship? These are tough questions to face, so no wonder I avoid asking and answering them.
While being a good financial steward is important, it is in many ways just a result of your good stewardship of time. There are even more important questions for us to ask: Will God be pleased with how I used my time today? Am I investing my time in a way that best honors God? Is there something I should remove from my schedule? What should I add to my calendar? These tough questions, we must ask.
This fall, as you launch into a new routine, I urge you to ask these questions and consider investing more time in your spiritual health. The New Testament church met daily in homes (Acts 2:42). Daily! This was “church” done very differently than we tend to think church should be done. To me it sounds much more like what we call small groups. Over the past 2000 years, “church” has become formal, structured, and mass-marketed. What used to be personal, transformative, and individualized was slowly hijacked into a safe, weekly ritual. Now, I know I’m being a bit hard on formal church services, they do have a place in growing God’s kingdom. However, they are not the only or probably the best way to truly let God mature you.
You will have an opportunity to join a 6-week small group starting in September. You’ll connect with friends, watch an engaging video, and discuss the Bible and life. It’s good for you and you’ll love it... even the introverts :-).