Kwanzaa is an African American celebration of family, community and culture. It begins the day after Christmas through New Year’s Day observing seven key principles derived from an African philosophy over the seven days.
The fifth principle is PURPOSE or Nia (Swahili)
Its focus … “To make our collective vocation the building and developing of our community in order to restore our people to their traditional greatness.” — http://www.officialkwanzaawebsite.org
There must be purpose to everything we do. Here, this principle is directed for the African American community to make its collectively work about the building and restoring of its strong and beautiful heritage. In Kingdom principle we are laborers together with God and we are to walk worthy of the vocation by which He has called us.
In our humanity, we often lose sight of the God-purpose when we become consumed with individual purpose. We have always been taught that any gift, skill or talent we have as a profession (vocation) or passion, we should use it for Kingdom building. In stewardship we must bring the firstfruits to God, to the Temple, to the work of the ministry. Whatever God has invested in us, we must invest back to Him. God established The Church, so The Church should be the first place where we exercise our stewardship in developing souls and maintaining the physical plant. When there are so many streams of resources and talent being expended outside of The Church, it produces a lack that should not exist.
We witness the power of collective purpose particularly as it relates to stewardship in Exodus 36:1-6, 7 when the people were so purpose-minded (The Lord put wisdom and understanding in their hearts to know how to work all manner of work for the service of the Sanctuary.) that they brought free offerings and gave so much that it was more than enough for the work. Moses had to restrain them from giving because there was such a great abundance, no lack.
The purpose, practice, sacrifice, priority, joy and promise of stewardship is established throughout scripture. Our time, talent and treasure are necessary for its collective purpose. With collective purpose we must teach, inspire and develop a culture of stewardship so that there is no lack. Here is the promise: “Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.” ~ Luke 6:38
From this promise, we are assured whatever we invest or seed into the Kingdom, God multiplies. When we sow spiritually, financially, and physically as good stewards, with a wise heart, willingly and purposefully, God grows what we give and He won’t let us give more than He will give. He will surely bless His people with blessings and provisions so that there is no lack. So I encourage you, with a wise, understanding, and willing heart to trust God more, give more. In so doing every provision will be met for The Church and He will make every provision for you and your household. You simply cannot beat God giving.
(From ‘Encouraging the Tithe — Growing & Giving In Grace’, scripture sources: Deuteronomy 14:23; Malachi 3:6-12; Genesis 14:20; 2 Samuel 24:24; Matthew 23:23; 2 Corinthians 9:7; Luke 6:38)