Gifts of Love
“Whoever would save his life will lose it, but whoever loses his life for my sake will find it. 26 For what will it profit a man if he gains the whole world and forfeits his soul?” (Matthew 16:25–26a).
When it comes to the kingdom of God, things are upside down. The world would say that the one who has the most is clearly ahead of the game. The one who has little is sometimes viewed as insignificant. In the kingdom of God, however, it is only in losing that we gain everything. It is in letting go of our attachments to the world that we gain an eternal resting place for our soul. Such is the pattern that we see in God himself. The Father gave up His only Son so that salvation for the world would be gained. In Christ, we also may set aside our worldly riches, and in so doing, we gain the riches of heaven itself. Through Gifts of Love, worldly riches are offered as a way for the Lord to carry on the work of connecting people to Christ and to the salvation He has won for the world. Missionaries are supported and encouragement is given to women in the Church to use their gifts in service to the Lord. This is how the LWML can continue to serve the world with the Word of God and His love for us all in Christ. Prayerfully consider how the Lord might be calling you to offer up some of your blessings so that He might gain the world for Christ.
If we live long enough, we will find ourselves resenting change, at least in some ways. We must adjust as loved ones are called home to Jesus, no longer by our side in this earthly life. Institutions that were dependable are long since gone. Social graces and signs of respect we learned as children may no longer be present. Change is inevitable here on earth. Part of the reason for this is that we live in a world that bears the curse of our sin. That curse will remain until our Heavenly Father brings about the new heavens and the new earth, through His powerful Word, our Lord Jesus Christ.
Some change is great! A vaccine for polio changed fear of disease to confidence to live life again. Technology gives us access to speedy information and entertainment we could never have dreamed. But much change bears the stain of decay. That is the kind of change that causes us to hurt and grieve. Yet with all Christian grief, we do not grieve without hope. We have our Lord Jesus Christ who is going to give us our place that He has prepared for us.
Wouldn’t it be great to put down into words that hope that resides in your soul? The Spirit has used the Word to call you to faith and now you have something very special to share. You can share that as a preamble to your Last Will and Testament, or as a family blessing apart from your legal documents. Creating this message is your way to make sure that your children or their children know exactly what you have believed, and they receive the charge from you to continue in that faith from generation to generation. This can be a great encouragement, especially in these times of rapid change. Your LWML Gift Planning Counselor can help you get started on creating this gift to your family and friends.
For help thinking this through, contact us, your LWML Gift Planning Counselors, to see how we can assist you with expressing your faith through your Christian Estate Plan. LWML provides free, professional Christian estate planning services. We can be reached at 1-800-741-4138.
Wishing you a year filled with God’s love in the gift of our Savior, Jesus Christ.
Your Partners in Him,
Carol von Soosten, LWML Gift Planning Counselor
Elizabeth Weber, LWML RMD Gifts of Love Advocate