19 Feb A Changed Mindset
The ability to bring forth and nurture life is one of the great blessings of women. Yet, this encompasses much more than physical life giving.
We often use the phrase to lend strength to describe our capacity to nurture. Nurturing is the developing of another person in order to make them powerful and more fully embody the person God created them to be.
One of the many blessings God has bestowed upon Grace Church and our people are financial and material resources. We have an incredibly generous church and we want to share our blessings with others, but what does this look like? How do we share without condescension? How do we enhance, not inhibit the dignity of those whom we serve?
We must realize that we are serving from a place of need. We are not the superior person, whom God has blessed because we are great. We must approach each situation with the humility that we are all desperate for the grace and mercy of our Savior.
We can serve because we have been served. (Matthew 20:26-28)
We can impart wisdom because wisdom has been imparted to us. (Proverbs 1:7)
We can share our gifts because we have received the greatest gift. (John 3:16-17)
We can love without condescension because we know that God has already condescended to meet us in our most needy hour. (Philippians 2:3-11)
As we reach out and engage our culture, our mindset has changed. No longer do we love or serve out of guilt and pity, but we love and serve because we have a God-given capacity to bring strength to the needy whether that needy person is our own child, neighbor, or a homeless family.