The Gift of “I Do”

June 2010
by Howard Freeman

I do is what many of us hear in June as we attend weddings, participate in them, or even get married. The wedding day itself is no small investment. Last year’s1, approximately 2.3 million weddings cost an average of $31,000 and amounted to a total of $71 billion. (This figure is equivalent to almost 25% of the $300 billion given to charity each year by Americans. Full disclosure: my wedding day cost more than a grocery store sheet cake, too!)
 
Yet, as much money as we spend on the Big Day, it is of no comparison with what God spent when he said, “I do” to us. Romans 8:32 tells us, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?” God has spared nothing in committing himself to us in covenant love, a love that lasts not only for a lifetime, but for all eternity. Further, he has “sealed” us with the Holy Spirit for our wedding day with him, “the day of redemption.” (Ephesians 4:30)
 
In light of that, here are some ways we can demonstrate our own commitment to God:
 
Say “I do” to the local church (whether Redeemer or your home church). Give out of each paycheck to support the work of the gospel around us. Volunteer on Sunday during corporate worship or with the Children’s Ministry. Consider membership and committing to support Redeemer in its “worship and work.”
 
Say “I do” to the poor and marginalized as God did with us! Give your time and money to organizations like Hope For New York and other likeminded agencies.
 
Say “I do” to one another. Join a Fellowship Group and commit to “one-anothering” your friends. Get involved with a Vocation Group through the Center for Faith & Work and commit to continuing the work of creation through your chosen profession.
 
The power to love God and one another through gifts like these comes in recognizing that “We love because he first loved us.” (1 John 4:19)
 
1Statistics from www.bridalassociationofamerica.com/Wedding_Statistics/


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