This year’s Unidus pledge is the third one I am participating in, and as I prepare for it, I am reminded of my Unidus pledge journey last year.

As I was praying and seeking God for a personal faith pledge, God placed an amount in my heart that seemed impossible for me to achieve. As I struggled with the amount, telling myself that I must have imagined the amount and that God was probably saying something else, someone shared something with me that I still remember to this day: a faith pledge requires faith, and faith works in impossible situations. A pledge is just a pledge if it looks possible to fulfil by your own means, but it is a faith pledge when it seems impossible to do it by your own means. So with trembling hands, I wrote down the amount God had placed in my heart on the little blue slip of paper and walked down the aisle to put it in the cardboard box on pledge Sunday.

Weeks passed and I had more or less forgotten about the pledge, buried in the dusty recesses of my memory. I was suddenly faced with the decision of whether I should get a car. I had been thinking of getting a car for a few months and I was not very confident of finding a car that would fit my criteria, but surprisingly, a car came on the market that looked like a really good deal. I was all set to buy it; I had even gone to the bank to withdraw the money already. Unfortunately (or fortunately), when I went to get the car, the owner was missing some paperwork and it would take some time for him to get it all together. As I went home and thought more about it, the Holy Spirit began to remind me about my pledge and I had to re-examine my priorities.

I was reminded of the verse in Haggai 1:9 (NIV), “You expected much, but see, it turned out to be little. What you brought home, I blew away. Why?” declares the Lord Almighty. “Because of my house, which remains a ruin, while each of you is busy with your own house.” It is a very sobering verse and I had to personally decide how important it was to build the house of God. In the end, I decided to use the money I had set aside for the car to fulfil my pledge instead. It was perhaps one of the toughest and most painful decisions I have had to make, but God is a God who never short-changes. As I chose to honour Him and make building His house a priority in my life, I have been blessed immeasurably more than I could have imagined, in ways and areas I would never have expected.

God is infinitely rich and He does not need our money. God is more interested in the journey of faith that brings us to the end rather than the outcome itself. With each year of pledging, I become more convinced that I am but a steward of the blessings God has given me and the question I face every time Unidus pledge comes around is always the same: How much of God’s money should I return to God?

Priscilla Su
Bachelor of Business Management & Bachelor of Arts (UQ)
Uni-Generation UQ2 , St Lucia Afternoon Service

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