1 Chronicles 29:1-18
Create in me a clean heart, O God, and put a new and right spirit within me…Then I will teach transgressors your ways, and sinners will return to you. Psalm 51:10, 13
On a Sunday when we wake up and hear the news of the deadliest mass shooting in United States history, it seems trivial to hear a sermon about tithing and stewardship. But, at the heart of these texts, we learn that God asks us to give our full selves. God calls us to give him our hearts, souls, minds, bodies – but he also calls us to give him our day-to-day lives: finances, relationships, work. Psalm 51 tells us that when we surrender ourselves – including our sin and brokenness – we are then able to do God’s work through God’s forgiveness. It is precisely when God forgives us that we are able to truly teach transgressors God’s ways. It is precisely when God forgives us that we are able to sing of God’s deliverance. It is precisely when God forgives us that we are able to use our mouths to declare God’s praise.
So when we hear news like we did yesterday, and as we continue to try to wrap our minds around the hate and evil highlighted by a mass shooting, may we be a people who commit our full lives to God. Then, we can turn and teach others about God’s ways: about peace, mercy, grace, and love.
by Drew Hanson