What is the Simple Gift?
The Simple Gift is about sharing out of the resources God gives us all, great or small. In this way, we celebrate that everyone makes a contribution in God's economy. Every thought, prayer, and investment of time, treasure or talent that shares God's blessing and enables people to experience the goodness of Jesus is beautiful in God's sight.
What are the resources God has given to you? Do you have a smile to offer, a blessing to extend, a prayer to voice, a treasure to invest?
As a follower of Jesus, you might be finishing this year with a strong sense of your human frailty and vulnerability. Isn't it great to know the hope of being held by God, and that you still have gifts to share? In fact, you may have the gift someone else needs today.
Let us acknowledging God's all-sufficiency.
Let us give our first and best to God, cheerfully.
Let us trust God for our lives, and those of brothers and sisters, strangers and friends around the world.
"You will be enriched in every way so that you can be generous on every occasion, and through us your generosity will result in thanksgiving to God." - 2 Corinthians 9:11
Let us thank God for the privilege to participate in Jesus' mission together.
Today, overcome the pressures you may feel because of many year-end giving opportunities, expectations or obligations. Choose to see your whole life as the offering. Your participation in Jesus' Mission in the world is not some tag-on to consumer spending; it is not a single response, but the act out of which every other response comes.
Thank you for how your simple gifts have supported the work of Jesus in your community, our National Church, our Workers and Partners, their Projects, and among people made vulnerable, as an EMCC and World Partners family in 2020. If you are inclined to add to this today, simply give.