It is amazing how words can bring out the best or worst in us. How emotion laden they can become. Stewardship is one of those. We hear the word within church and everyone groans. ‘Here we go. The preacher is going to go for our pockets again’ and our spirits shut down. It is like holding your hands over your ears and humming a tune to keep from hearing what is said. What a limited understanding and experience!
Please bear with me for a few lines. Our bible tells us that we are to be good stewards of the earth and all therein. That includes our money, our belongings, our abilities, our faithfulness, our generosity. It means being good stewards with everything we are and everything we have. It is also connected to our relationship with our Creator, with God. Not only are we to take good care of what we have and who we are, but it is a part of the relationship with God, who has given us everything we have and all that is potential within us. We need to be thankful, grateful, in our living. We need to remember whose we are and share our gratitude by sharing what we have with God.
That sharing can take on many forms. It can mean being involved in the life of the church, volunteering to help with worship, outreaching ministries, missions, cleaning, gardening, maintenance of the buildings and properties we own, helping one another, being kind with others, doing justice in the world around us, praying, studying the bible, worshiping, committing to participating in study classes, projects, and caring support of one another, the other members of Christ’s body. It means giving of our resources and at times, our time and talents when disasters happen. There are so many ways that stewardship of our lives can and need to live itself out through us.
So even though, the Fall is often the time when preachers and churches focus on stewardship as a means of getting commitments for the financial needs of the next year’s budget of the church, stewardship is actually a way of living throughout the year and throughout one’s life, when we live in gratitude to God for all that we have been given.
Remember, all you have and all you are began with the blessed seed of God’s goodness and love. All things are possible with Christ who strengthens us (Philippians 4:13). This life is meant to live together, to be supported together. So consider each day, what are you called to give back to God with what you have.
God bless you!