As our Stewardship Team began meeting together last month, we started kicking around some ideas around the theme: TAKING CARE OF ALL THAT MATTERS. One of the questions was even about whether or not we should keep using that Biblical word, ‘stewardship,’ because it has become a pretty old-fashioned-sounding word. However, you do still hear about it in our modern day, especially in terms of being trustworthy stewards of our environment. Also, we do still read it in Scripture, and we do use it in our church life together to talk about the generosity – the giving – the finances – and the care-taking of all that matters to us as a congregation.
1 Peter 4:10 says this: — “God has given each of you a gift from his great variety of spiritual gifts. Use them well to serve one another.” (New Living Translation)
We all believe that God has blessed each and every one of us with gifts, and they are as varied as our unique personalities. We give God the highest honor and praise when we put these gifts and talents to use in care of ourselves, or in service for others, or in generosity toward the world. And do know that we are talking about all the many ways we can share our offering dollars yes, but also our time, and our compassion, and our love.
I suppose I still do enjoy using the term ‘stewardship’ yet, as it has a richness and a depth to it. It helps me think about all the things God has first given me, and how I want to live my life as a response to that incredible grace. It is all too easy to take so much for granted, such that I need reminders of how I can live my life in praise to the God who made me. And I can stretch and grow as a disciple of Christ whenever I give generously for the work of the church and for the sake of the Gospel.
Our Stewardship Team also decided to create a series of short video clips to highlight different aspects of this old term. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be sending these videos out through Constant Contact and through Facebook about every other day. We sure hope you enjoy them and let them be small devotions in the midst of your daily walk. Our first one is by Terry Buisman who was up with the sunrise recently. Click on the link below and you’ll hear him share a prayer.