NEWS

Responding to God’s Love

By Andra O’Neill

Humans need one another to survive. I think we are all aware how many truths are bound up in that statement.

As Christians we further understand our interdependence in terms of our relationship to God. We are one, all parts of one body, in Christ. We see ourselves connected, dependent on one another in the context of our utter dependence on Christ.

You and I together understand the needs of ministry of our parishes and our Diocese and our General Synod. We seriously consider how we will support each of the important needs placed before us. We pray, we assess, we measure our resources. We look around and consider what we can do in the context of what others are doing and what is needed. This is the human to human element of how we faithfully support one another.

What if we remove that human to human element for a moment and consider only ourselves and God? Not the needs of our parishes, the ministries or anything in particular. We simply consider our relationship to God. God creator of all things, God who sustains us in all things, God who has redeemed us. When we think about our own lives in isolation from all things except the infinite, generous love of God and the eternal love and life that God has promised for us, we may realize that it is God that we need to survive far more than we need one another.

There is a song written and recorded by Cory Asbury called “Reckless Love” and though there has been some theological debate about whether the actions of God can be reckless, I think that the intention of the song is understood beautifully by the word, God’s love is so selfless that it seems reckless in human terms. God will continue to pursue every one of us regardless of how many times we turn away, when we are hurt, selfish, angry, lonely and when we are drawing away from God.

Stewardship is fundamentally our response to God’s love for us and our need to express our gratitude for that love. We express it in praise, in seeking the Kingdom of God in our world and in one another, and in our offering – the first fruits of our income and our time – in confidence that God’s mission in our world will be done.

Andra O’Neill is a member of the diocesan Stewardship Committee

There’s no shadow You won’t light up
Mountain You won’t climb up
Coming after me
There’s no wall You won’t kick down
Lie You won’t tear down
Coming after me

Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God
It chases me down, fights ’til I’m found, leaves the ninety-nine
I couldn’t earn it, and I don’t deserve it, still, You give Yourself away
Oh, the overwhelming, never-ending, reckless love of God