Gift: Wisdom– With the gift of wisdom, we see God at work in our lives and in the world. For the wise person, the wonders of nature, historical events, and the ups and downs of our lives take on deeper meaning. The matters of judgment about the truth, and being able to see the image of God.
Reading: Thus Joseph, also named by the apostles Barnabas (which is translated “son of encouragement”), a Levite, a Cypriot by birth, sold a piece of property that he owned, then brought the money and put it at the feet of the apostles. (Acts 4:36-37)
Observation: When we look at the early church community, it is easy to get lost in the altruism of the apostles and their ability to share all of their wealth. However, I think if we forget about the prosperity preaching that is all too prevalent in today’s world, we could preach about the fact that we need to get back to giving of our first fruits to God. This does not just include our paychecks, but if we started to get back to giving the first tenth of our paychecks to the church, maybe the other first fruits would start to be given as well. I know I am using the literal interpretation of the word “tithe” here, but I hope someone will correct me if I have incorrectly interpreted the scripture in any way here.
Personification: Love In order to love like God loves, I must be focused on what he wills for me and not what other people will for me. I think that God loves me even though I spent so many years not remembering that His call for my life should lead my every decision, especially as it pertains to tithing or giving of my first fruits.
Prayer: Lord, help me to put all my faith in you and no faith in money. I ask this, as always, in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the holy Spirit…Amen!