Here’s a quick story about a husband and wife. They’re fictional, so don’t try to work out who they are …
The husband made a decision to do something special for his wife, to show her that he loved her, and he decided to do it with a gift. He thought about what to get her and decided that as she liked flowers, and flowers seemed like a traditional romantic gesture, he would buy her some.
To make things simple, he lived opposite a petrol station that sold flowers in the entrance to their shop. What could be easier?
He nipped over the road in his slippers, picked up a bunch that looked okay, not too big and not too small, paid for them, nipped back over the road and handed them to his wife, in a plastic bag, saying, “Here you go. I got you some flowers because I love you.”
It was a surprise to him that his wife was did not seem too pleased. She even seemed a bit grumpy! The husband asked his wife why she did not appreciate his gesture. She said this, “These flowers are a nice idea, but you’ve made no effort. You’ve nipped over the road to the garage and picked up the cheapest bunch that you could get away with. They’re not wrapped, they are not special and you haven’t even taken the price off – you’re just handed them to me in a plastic bag. I thought I might mean more to you than that.”
The husband was a bit cross and said, “Are you meaning to say that you expect me to get all dressed up, get in the car, drive across town to a florist, pick a special bunch, maybe even have to go to the bank to withdraw money to pay for them, have them wrapped up and then drive all the way back over.
That would take up time we could use doing something else and it would make an impact on our finances too – we would have to adjust our budget … we’re not made of money you know.
Maybe you expect me to pay to have them delivered. Do you really expect me to go to all that expense and effort?”
And of course his wife said, “Yes!”
And she said yes because love is willing to make a sacrifice.
That’s what love does.
This Sunday and also on 18th November, we are having Gift Days for our New Building Project. Because of the incredibly sacrificially giving of so many people on our Gift Days in May we are almost ready to move ahead now, but we do need to raise another £600,000 to be able to do all we plan to do.
The giving so far has been amazing, so I don’t want us to be casual this time around! Let’s not give God the equivalent of garage forecourt flowers! Let’s all be listening to God about what he wants us to do and let’s come prepared.
And remember that sacrifice costs … but that’s what love does. Let’s not give God a sacrifice that costs us nothing.
If the Gift Days are news to you, we have a brochure available with all the info … it looks like this:
It tells you what we are doing, why, and the progress so far. It talks about ways to give. If you need a copy just ask. And if you have any questions please ask.
And remember we’re not building ourselves a temple or a mausoleum; this isn’t about doing something to serve ourselves. This building is all about the calling and the mission God has for us here as a church in Woking. We’re here to bless our town, and this building will help us do that so much more effectively. So let’s step out in faith and do something amazing together once again.