Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Lifestyle of Witnessing

As stewards of God’s grace, we have been called and chosen to be His mouth, feet, and hands to help seek and save the lost (Luke 10:2).  Paul tells us, “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors as though God were making His appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).  Knowing that God “wants all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4), we have a great privilege and responsibility as Christ’s ambassadors“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful” (1 Corinthians 4:2).  With the Holy Spirit working in and through us, we can faithfully and boldly proclaim the Gospel to those around us.  Paul tells us that we should share our faith so that we “will have a full understanding of every good thing we have in Christ” (Philemon 6).

Prayer: Dear Jesus, You have called me and all people to share Your life-changing and life-saving Gospel.  Help me to be bold and intentional about sharing Your Word.  Amen.

 

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Devotion to God

Our careers, hobbies, and money are important but not worthy of our devotion.  God alone deserves our whole-hearted devotion.  David exhorted his son Solomon to “serve [the Lord] with wholehearted devotion” (1 Chronicles 28:9); we are to have that same devotion.  Our devotion to God is illustrated by the lifestyles that we lead as we live our days as faithful stewards to Him.

Devotion can be expressed at every level and in every activity of life.  As Paul wrote to the Corinthians, “So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God” (1 Corinthians 10:31).  As God’s stewards, we can rejoice that even our most mundane tasks can be dedicated to God.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for your faithfulness and devotion to me.  May all that I do reflect my devotion and may my thoughts and deeds give You glory.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

A Lifestyle of Healthful Living

Since our bodies, too, are trusts from God, instruments for glorifying and serving Him, we must take care of our bodies.  We are good stewards of our bodies when we get the proper rest, eat the right foods, and exercise.  With proper care of our bodies, we increase our usefulness to the Lord.

In Romans 12:1 Paul wrote, “Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship.”  In speaking to the Corinthian Christians Paul wrote, “Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit Who is in you, Whom you have received from God?  You are not your own; you were bought at a price.  Therefore honor God with your body” (1 Corinthians 6:19-20).  Paul considered our bodies a trust to be used for Jesus.

Prayer: Dear Lord, thank You for giving me my life today and the life to come with You.  Help me to be a good steward of my body and all things.  In name I pray.  Amen.

 

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Being a Channel through which God Works

To be Christian implies that we act as Christians.  Being a Christian is not a part-time position.  Scripture is clear that God expects and deserves our bestWe are “to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to Him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God” (Colossians 1:10).  God wants us to be productive people in His kingdom.  He seeks people through whom He can work.  God does not appreciate laziness, idleness, or fruitlessness.  When we commit our lives and resources to His service, we will hear Him say, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:23).

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, energize me so I can be an effective instrument to help others come to know You as their Lord and Savior.  Open my eyes to see the opportunities to be in service to others.  In Your precious name I pray.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Thankful for what We Have

Epicurus, a Greek philosopher in the third century B.C. said, “If you want to make a man happy, add not to his riches but take away from his desires.”  When we desire less, we can find joy in what we do have.  Coveting puts us in a state of discontentment with an insatiable appetite for more, making contentment impossible.  Those who are content enjoy what they have rather than complain about what they don’t have.  We don’t need more to be thankful for; we just need to be more thankful.  As we pray, thanking God for all His blessings, especially the gift of His Son and His Word and Sacraments, we will find our hearts and minds being filled with more and more reasons to give thanks to our wonderful Lord.

Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, help me to live with an attitude of gratitude.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Therefore, Go!  

Each December, we celebrate the greatest miracle ever to occur.  The Son of God condescended to come to earth, to be humiliated for the sake of those He loves, and then to rise victoriously, the “first fruits of those who have fallen asleep” (1 Corinthians 15:20).  We celebrate this miracle every Easter.

This is not a daylong miracle, however.  The reality of Easter changes us forever.  We no longer spend our days in hopelessness and defeat.  We no longer go through our daily routines wondering, “Is this all there is?”  No, we are new creations through this miracle.  We are now “more than conquerors through Him Who loved us” (Romans 8:37).

This miracle is one to be shouted from the housetops, for it is meant not just for you and me, but for all humankind.  That’s what the “Therefore” in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:19) means.  Christ has died for our sins and risen again so that we might live forever with Him.  He has authority to issue this command.  “THEREFORE GO!”  Don’t keep this miracle a secret.  Take time to tell it to your neighbors and friends.  Use your talents to build up your church so that its mission and ministry might be enhanced.  Spend your resources so that others (if not you yourself) are enabled to be “[His] witnesses…to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8).

Prayer:  Dear good and gracious Heavenly Father, place in me a passion to share Your love and goodness to all those in my midst.  Use me as Your instrument to share Your love, grace, and mercy to all.  In Jesus’ precious name I pray.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Open to the Possibilities

God has blessed us with gifts and talents, but the decision is ours whether or not we will use those talents for the work of the Lord.  If we decide to use them, then we are free also to choose how best to serve Him.  Are we open to the possibilities before us?  Are we willing to explore and grow?  We should be, because we are redeemed people who depend on the Holy Spirit daily to empower us to use our God-given talents for God’s kingdom.  God created and blessed us so that we may make a difference in our churches, communities, and the world.  God will always equip us for the tasks He gives us to do.  With His help we will find ways our talents can glorify Him, and we will each hear God’s words, “Well done, good and faithful servant!” (Matthew 25:21).

Prayer: Dear Lord, You are the source of my time and talents.  Help me to use my blessings in ways that help those in need and extend Your kingdom.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!