If you've been able to join us in recent weeks, you have seen the focus of 2019 at Echo Church is Slow Church. As outlined in the book of the same name, we're considering how to approach our participation at Echo from ethical, ecological, and economical perspectives. Join us for the conversation. If you're away, stay connected through our podcast. Here are some takeaways from the March 17 message:
“The LORD took him outside and said, ‘Now look to the heavens and count the stars, if you are able.’ Then He declared, ‘So shall your offspring be.’ Abram believed the LORD, and it was credited to him as righteousness.” —Genesis 15:5-6
God’s claim is seemingly ridiculous. But Abram believed. This is the type of outlandish faith to which God is calling us. He wants us to trust Him so we can live and experience His full abundance.
Fears of scarcity
When we buy into the myth that the things we need in order to sustain human life are scarce, fears can develop:
The fear of not having enough
Ex: Jesus feeds the 5,000: Mark 6:30-44
Everyone has enough. Jesus is is literally bringing the kingdom of heaven into this space. He asks the disciples to hand over what they have and trust.
The fear of giving it all away
Ex: The rich young ruler: Mark 10:17-27
Jesus is asking for a level of faith that asks him to give up comfort and balance in exchange for living a life of radical hospitality. He asks the man to hand over what he has and trust.
The early church figured out how to live together in this idea of handing over what they had and trusting God.
Acts 2:42-47: “…All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need…”
Acts 4:32-35: “All the believers were one in heart and mind. No one claimed that any of their possessions was their own, but they shared everything they had…there were no needy persons among them…”
Ultimately, we can’t look at this as some type of Marie Kondo Tidying Up declutter type of venture. I think what we have to do is push ourselves to make following Jesus a true sacrifice.
If God can come to earth as a man and then die so I can live in freedom from the bondage of sin, making sure my community has access to everything God has trusted me with doesn’t seem like a bad trade off.
by Seth Millhoan