Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

God Warns the Wealthy

God loves both the rich and the poor.  However, it can be difficult for the rich to love the Lord because they can so easily become absorbed in the things that they possess.  Jesus warned that wealth can be highly dangerous.  He told how difficult it was for the rich to be saved when He said, “How hard it is for the rich to enter the kingdom of God!  Indeed, it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God” (Luke 18:24-25).  God doesn’t condemn wealth.  The warning is about the attitude that an abundance of money and possessions can cause.  Paul wrote, “For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.  Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” (1 Timothy 6:10).

Prayer:  Good and gracious Heavenly Father, I pray that You will strengthen me so I never place my security in worldly things.  Help me to understand that the only important relationship I need is with You.  Grant me an attitude of humility and dependence on You.  Through Christ I pray.  Amen.

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

A Life of Service

As God’s stewards, we are called to serve.  As Christians saved by grace, we recognize our need to live a life of servanthood.

“…whoever wants to become great among you must be your servant, and whoever wants to be first must be your slave—just as the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life as a ransom for many” (Matthew 20:26-28).  Just as Jesus came to serve, we have the same privilege to serve others through our time, talents, and treasures.  Through our service, we become more like Jesus.

Prayer:  Dear Lord, You alone lived the perfect life of stewardship.  Your life on earth gave us example after example of helping the needy and serving others, showing us how to carry on the work You left for us to do.  Grant us faith to follow Your example so we will be the serving people that You want us to be.  Use us, Lord, as Your feet, mouths, and hands to help others.  In Your precious name we pray.  Amen.

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Giving Is an Act of Worship

A little boy was fidgeting in church one Sunday morning during the pastor’s sermon.  Finally, he leaned over to his mother and asked, “Mom, if we give the money now, do you think he’ll let us go?”  If this boy expresses our idea of stewardship, we are missing the true meaning, purpose, and joy that are associated with giving.  Our giving should express our thankfulness for Who God is and what He does for us.  Through our giving, we worship and honor our heavenly Father.  We give not because God needs our gifts, but because we have a need to give.  God in His sovereignty chooses to bless us as we give (Acts 20:35).

Prayer:  Good and gracious heavenly Father, we thank You for all of Your wonderful gifts especially the most indescribable gift, the gift of Your Son.  Help us to show our gratitude by granting us loving and giving hearts.  May all that we do give You honor and glory.  In Christ’s name we pray.  Amen

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Love One Another

“I am writing you a new command,” the Apostle John told his readers (1 John 2:8).  That command is to love others as we have been loved.  “Since God so loved us, we also ought to love one another,” he repeated in 1 John 4:11.  God didn’t just say He loved us.  “This is how we know what love us: Jesus Christ laid down His life for us.  And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3:16).  What are you willing to sacrifice in order to bring the message of God’s saving grace to others?

 

Prayer:  Dear Heavenly Father, You loved me so much that You sent Your Son to earth to became a man and ultimately suffer and die on the Cross for my sins.  Help me to show my gratitude for Who You are and what You did for me by living a life that gives You praise and glory.  Help me to have a loving and giving heart.  Thank You for enabling me to love others.  In Your precious name I pray.  Amen.

 

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

We Are Lights in a Dark World

We are new creatures in Christ, the Apostle Paul declares (2 Corinthians 5:17)!  As such, we no longer view ourselves or others the way we once did.  We have a new role; we are ambassadors for Christ, “as though God were making His appeal through us” (2 Corinthians 5:20).  And those to whom He appeals are the lost for whom Christ has died.  What a sober responsibility we have!  As stewards of the Gospel that we spread not just with our mouths, but with our actions as well, let us implore God to enable us to be His light in this dark world.

 

Prayer:  Dear Father in Heaven, I thank You that You have chosen and called me to be Your child.  Help me to be faithful and obedient wanting to honor You with my thoughts and actions.  Use me, Lord, as Your light to a dark and sinful world.  Thank You for Your saving grace given to me and all people through Your Son on the Cross.  In Christ’s name I pray.  Amen.

 

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Freedom’s Celebration

As we celebrate the Fourth of July, let us remember that freedom is a right that comes with the privilege of being an American.  We have freedom to work, live, and study wherever we please, to decide how many children we want to have, and to speak out when we are for or against an issue.  We have freedom to worship in whatever manner we please.  We don’t have to worry about our churches being closed for what they teach or even being arrested for bearing the name of “Christian.”  Every day we should thank God for our freedom, but, as Christians, we know that no one is completely free until he is free in Christ (John 8:36).  God’s freedom allows us to find the joy of having our sins forgiven and the ability to grow in faith and become the persons God wants us to be.  Along with this freedom, though, comes responsibility.  Our responsibility is to administer our whole lives—personality, time, talent, money, influences, goals, everything—in accordance with the spirit and ideals of Christ.  What an exciting way to thank our Lord for the freedom we find in Him!

 

Prayer:  Dear Lord, without Your gracious aid I would be forever bound to sin, forever lost.  Thank You for the forgiveness and life You have given to me through Jesus.  Thank You for the freedom we have in America and in Christ.  Through Christ my intercessor.  Amen.

 

Blessings on your stewardship journey!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Being Faithful Stewards

Our stewardship is the expression of our faith as we manage our lives and resources for God’s purposes.  It is the wise management of who we are and all that we have.  God has chosen us as His stewards and grants us the wonderful privilege to serve Him.  He also equips and empowers us for service.  As He molds and transforms us into His stewards, we acknowledge that everything in this life is a sacred trust from Him.  God is the source and owner of all things.  He allows us to use His creation and intends it for our good.

Our stewardship is seen in our words and actions.  Our acts of stewardship become more Christ-like as our relationship with Jesus grows.  Out of love and gratitude for our Savior Who has redeemed us, we are eager to perform our stewardship activities.  Through the indwelling of the Holy Spirit, we become faithful stewards who respond willingly and joyfully to God’s love, goodness, and mercy.  Through faith, we are empowered to do as God directs us in 1 Peter 4:10: “Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.”

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, grant me wisdom and faith to be a faithful steward.  In Jesus name I pray.  Amen.

 

Blessings on your journey as a steward!