Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

God Makes Us His Stewards

The first words of the Bible are “In the beginning God…” That’s how everything begins – with God.  That’s how everything continues – with God.  God gives meaning, and purpose, and fulfillment to every dimension of creation and life.  And, of course, God is the completion and end of all things as well.  God, therefore, is also the beginning of Christian stewardship.  Just as God is the author and perfecter of faith, so God is the author and perfecter of the faithful life – that is, the stewardship of all we are and all we have from God’s hand and heart.

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, I belong to You.  All that I am and have comes from You; family and friends, health, possessions and energy, leisure and abilities.  Forgive me for letting the world shape me instead of being shaped by Your Word.  Direct me to share what I have been given and to receive Your blessings with joy.  I ask this in the name of Jesus, Your Son, and my Lord.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Adoring Him with Our Gifts

In the Christmas story, we are told of the Wise Men and the shepherds who both play an important part in the story.  We are told that the Wise Men came in search of the newborn King that they might worship Him.  Matthew 2:11 records, “And going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him.”  And they offered to the Christ Child the gifts they had brought for Him, “gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

The shepherds adored Him, too.  They heard about Jesus from the angels as they sat watching their sheep and ran to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child.  They didn’t have tangible gifts to bring as the Magi did, but they, too, responded in adoration.  Luke writes, “And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this Child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.” (Luke 2:17-18).

God gives gifts to each of us and uses us to tell the Good News of the birth of His Son Who came to bring us forgiveness of sins and life eternal.  Some of us, like the Wise Men, are blessed with monetary gifts to be used to support mission and ministry.  Others of us are more like the shepherds, able to “[make] known the saying that [has] been told [us].”

By God’s grace, all of us can respond in faithful obedience to God’s Word.  In these ways, we adore our Savior.

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for Your willingness to come and live among us and to suffer and die so that we can live as forgiven and redeemed people who will spend eternity with You.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

We are God’s Stewards

In an attempt to have better understanding of our role as stewards, we can compare our positions as stewards to the function and responsibility assumed by the trustee of a trust.  In the same manner as a trustee, a steward is a manager who has the latitude to make decisions in the best interest of the owner.  As the trustee is a servant to the trust, the steward is a servant to God as the owner of all that the steward manages.  Both trustee and steward positions are full-time vocations.  Being a steward is a whole life commitment, involving all we are, all we possess, and all we do.  As God’s stewards, we are accountable to Him (1 Corinthians 4:2).

Prayer:  Heavenly Father, I thank You for the privilege and the opportunity to be Your steward.  Grant me faith to be an effective and faithful steward of all that You entrust to me.  Help me to be worthy of Your trust in me.  May all that I do give You honor and glory.  In Jesus’ name I pray.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Run with Perseverance

“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us” (Hebrews 12:1).

As we think of the faithful saints who have gone before us and who preserved for the Church a true and correct doctrine of the Holy Scriptures, we are encouraged by what they accomplished for the Kingdom of God through their dedicated concern for the mission of the Church.  We, then, are motivated to follow their example and to continue what they have begun, in grateful response to God’s love and provision for us.

Prayer: Good and gracious heavenly Father, I thank You for Your tremendous generosity toward me.  I thank You for who I am and what I have, and I especially thank You for the most indescribable gift, the gift of Your Son.  Help me to show my gratitude by being generous to You through my gifts to my church and to others.  In Christ’s name I pray.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Work Hard and Stay Focused

It is easy to become discouraged when hard work brings slow—or even no—progress.  It is even easier to look around and envy the successes of others without understanding the effort behind those successes.  Get-rich-quick schemes can seem very appealing.

Hard work, perseverance, and faith are what pay off in the long run.  There are great things that can be achieved if you apply your talents and energies to you goals.  The Apostle Paul wrote, “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men” (Colossians 3:23).

But there is a limit to what will be handed to you.  Relationships, knowledge, wisdom, financial success—all of these things require diligent labor to cultivate and continual effort to maintain.  Don’t allow yourself to become discouraged by slow, steady gains.  And don’t disillusion yourself with attempts to get more than what you’ve earned.

(From Spiritual Investments by Gary More)

Prayer: Dear Heavenly Father, grant me a desire to please You in all my activities.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Being a More Complete Person

People who only work, only play, only complain, miss out on the benefits of a more diversified approach to life.  If you study a particular subject to the exclusion of all others, you will not be truly educated.  The same is true for anything you pursue.  If you dedicated your energies to only one facet of life to the exclusion of everything else, you precariously place your energy in only one area without realizing the variety of joys life has to offer.

If you lose that basket into which you’ve placed all your eggs, you have little left to value.  People who pursue multiple interests—the professor who does woodwork on the weekend or the physicist who reads theology daily will find their lives richer.  Richer even more when we in “whatever [we] do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus” (Colossians 3:17).

Life’s rewards do not come from devoting your energies to a single cause or pursuit.  Balance and diversified interests—family, friends, vocation, spiritual life, arts, and recreation—create a more fulfilling existence and a more complete person.   (From Spiritual Investments by Gary More)

Prayer:  Lord, thank You for my abilities.  Help me to use what You’ve given me in ways that give You honor and glory.  I pray this in Jesus’ holy and precious name.  Amen.

Blessings on your journey as a steward!

Mid-Week Stewardship Thought

Adoring Him with Our Gifts

In the Christmas story, we are told of the Wise Men and the shepherds who both play an important part in the story.  We are told that the Wise Men came in search of the newborn King that they might worship Him.  Matthew 2:11 records, “And going into the house they saw the Child with Mary His mother, and they fell down and worshiped Him.”  And they offered to the Christ Child the gifts they had brought for Him, “gold and frankincense and myrrh.”

The shepherds adored Him, too.  They heard about Jesus from the angels as they sat watching their sheep and ran to Bethlehem to see the Christ Child.  They didn’t have tangible gifts to bring as the Magi did, but they, too, responded in adoration.  Luke writes, “And when they saw it, they made known the saying that had been told them concerning this Child. And all who heard it wondered at what the shepherds told them.” (Luke 2:17-18).

God gives gifts to each of us and uses us to tell the Good News of the birth of His Son Who came to bring us forgiveness of sins and life eternal.  Some of us, like the Wise Men, are blessed with monetary gifts to be used to support mission and ministry.  Others of us are more like the shepherds, able to “[make] known the saying that [has] been told [us].”   By God’s grace, all of us can respond in faithful obedience to God’s Word.  In these ways, we adore our Savior.

 

Prayer: Dear Jesus, thank You for Your willingness to come and live among us and to suffer and die so that we can live as forgiven and redeemed people who will spend eternity with You.  Amen.

 

Blessings on your journey as a steward!