“Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your minds, so that you may discern what is the will of God—what is good and acceptable and perfect.” – Romans 12:2
Our spiritual calling affects how we decide to use what we have, and the effects of our faith-filled generosity can be seen in our communities of faith. In the book of Romans, Paul stresses to us that we can be transformed, and that from that transformation, we can do good in our church, society and world. The will of God most certainly means that we are called as people of faith to take care of one another and to live in peace with one another.
The transformation Paul mentions is a powerful idea. Through our giving, we have the capacity not only to change as individuals but to bring about great change around us. And when we accept our responsibility to do good in society, we find that we have a multitude of options for where, how, and with what resources this renewal can take place. We all make decisions, large and small, about how and where to direct our financial resources. As women, we have particular motivations that stand behind these decisions. We ask ourselves: What matters to me? How can I make a difference?
This message is excerpted from “Grace-Full Living” a program resource published by Women of the ELCA in 2009, and available at womenoftheelca.org.