Below is an email sent by the Rev. Dallas Wilson, the Vicar or St. John’s Chapel. It was originally distributed to thank Holy Cross-Daniel Island for a handicap ramp at the chapel. However, since the content meets our goal of promoting good stewardship in the Diocese of South Carolina, the email is submitted for your review. Enjoy!
Sacrificial Giving…for those who would…
Give generously to him and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to (Deuteronomy 15:10).
We were just given a wonderful $4,500 gift by some wonderful people at Holy Cross, Daniel Island. These same people, along with “Ned” Collins, Russ Robinson, and those who attend Christ-St Paul’s, Younges Island (Steve Coffin- Plantation Masonry) were instrumental in the construction of the ramp to this point. This has been a labor of love to further the outreach vision at St. John’s Chapel: The inclusion of those who are spiritually, emotionally, and physically challenged into the “uncomplicated” worship experience at St. John’s Chapel.
The Adam Clarke Commentary says that “the poorest person has it in his power to make his mite as acceptable to the Lord, by simplicity of intention, and purity of affection, as the millions given by the affluent.”
The leadership at St. John’s Chapel believes in Biblical Tithing, the giving of Alms, Gleanings and lastly and most importantly, Sacrificial Giving. The request for the ramp “for the challenged” falls under the category of Sacrificial Giving. A vital part of our worship is giving of our “time, talents & treasures”. It is our belief that we are to respond to the needs of the church and God’s people, “the Body of Christ”, in a loving, sacrificial manner.
What motivates me to give sacrificially is that, I believe God calls us to reach beyond our comfort, to survey the comfort of others, in other words, this type of giving is related to the principle of stewardship versus ownership. I also believe that this type of giving fortifies our faith and augments our spiritual growth. The Bible states that in no uncertain terms, that if we merely give out of our excess we don’t give God the opportunity to prove his faithfulness. That’s like lifting a very light weight. It won’t strengthen your muscles. But when we give sacrificially, when we give to the point of it hurting a bit, we exercise our faith; we learn to trust in God by giving him a chance to prove himself trustworthy. Let me be clear: giving isn’t for God’s benefit. It isn’t for the church’s benefit. Genuine giving benefits us. It strengthens our faith and protects us from idolatry.
“For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that, though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, that ye through his poverty might be rich.” 2 Corinthians 8:9
Thank you for listening… our “challenged” citizens’ thank you even more for “sacrificially giving”… sizes of gifts are not important; but, intentions are …