Just typing that word made me cringe, and it probably made most of you quit reading! The fundraiser is one of the necessary evils of youth ministry. Universities don’t spend much time teaching you about fundraisers while preparing you for the ministry but they are a regular part of every youth ministry. This past weekend was our annual Pie Auction Fundraiser. Throw a few ingredients together in a pie plate, cook for an hour at 350 degrees and viola, it sold for hundreds of dollars at a fundraiser. WHY!?!?! Who in their right mind would spend hundreds and even thousands of dollars on an item that they could buy at the local store for ten bucks?
Kingdom-focused, eternally-minded believers.
Every year after the pie auction, I try to take a few moments with a teenager or two and have a conversation about generosity. The conversation typically goes something like this:
ME: How much does a pie cost?
Student: I don’t know, $15?
ME: Yea, something like that. Why did all of those people pay so much for those pies?
Student: ……because they love pie?
Me: No, because they love you and they believe that the Kingdom of God continues with you. They believe in you to carry on the mission of God. That’s why they buy those pies.
Student: …..ok, cool.
Teens might not get it yet, but our church is a living example of what it looks like to live a generous life. We need to continue to display this generous life because our culture is continually giving them a different message. Get Money—Get Stuff. We live in such a materialistic, look-out-for-number-one, culture but it shouldn’t surprise us that the Bible teaches us a different way. Proverbs 11:24-25 says this,
These verses give us a description of two types of people: Generous and Greedy.
The generous person will give freely of what they have and will be refreshed because of it. The greedy person keeps it all to himself and can never be satisfied. It sounds simple enough. Live generously, it was really never yours in the first place.