Attaching to the Church

Written by: John Sernaque

Stewardship


CS - Counsels on Stewardship (1940) Chapter 8—Wholehearted Attachment to the Church

Every believer should be wholehearted in his attachment to the church. Its prosperity should be his first interest, and unless he feels under sacred obligations to make his connection with the church a benefit to it in preference to himself, it can do far better without him. It is in the power of all to do something for the cause of God. There are those who spend a large amount for needless luxuries; they gratify their appetites, but feel it a great tax to contribute means to sustain the church. They are willing to receive all the benefit of its privileges, but prefer to leave others to pay the bills. Those who really feel a deep interest in the advancement of the cause, will not hesitate to invest money in the enterprise whenever and wherever it is needed.—Testimonies for the Church 4:18. {CS 42.1}


There are too many pew warmers in our churches. They enjoy a good sermon followed by a good pot- luck, but not enough to give of their means to sustain the activities of the church. They feel no obligation, as if it is owed to them, and that their presence should be looked upon as a privilege for the church. Too many churches end up closing their doors for a lack of contributions to sustain it. Let us pray for these brothers and sisters that their interest increases for the advancement of God’s cause and the prosperity of the churches.


Our kind and gracious Father,

We thank You for allowing us to be co-laborers with You in the plan of salvation. For giving us the strength to work and earn our wages. We gladly and cheerfully return unto You that portion which You claim, even though it all rightfully belongs to You. We pray for all of our brothers and sisters that they may feel a wholehearted attachment to the church and that they will freely and selflessly give of their means for the prosperity of the church. Help them see that they have the power to do something good for the church. We thank you for providing for all our needs, and it is in Your name, Christ Jesus, we pray. Amen.


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