Stewardship, in spite of its reputation, is not just about money.
It is about all that we do in our lives. Stewardship is about all that we do after we recognize that God has given us everything that we have.
It is a Christian's fundamental belief that God is the creator of all that is. Even the skills that we use in our life, to earn a living or just use for fun, come from God. If we are successful, we are successful because we have worked hard using God's gifts.
Once this knowledge becomes part of our lives, the question is, "How do we respond to God's gifts?"
God gives these gifts freely. We cannot repay them. We can only use them in service of God's work as an act of thanksgiving. As it says in Ephesians 2:8-10, “For by grace you have been saved through the gift of God – not as the result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are what he has made us, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand to be our way of life.”
Another thing we believe is that God creates and represents abundance, not scarcity. Much of our life is controlled by a sense that there is not enough, so we strive to control all that we can to assure that we get what we need. This makes us selfish, mean, and unhappy. It is also counter to what God is telling us we should be.
Jesus calls us to be loving, caring and giving. Jesus tells us that if we would have life, we need to die to self. How different the world would be if we truly lived the way Jesus calls us to live. We would find that God provides enough for the whole world and it is only our selfishness and greed that causes scarcity.
We invite you to join us as we strive to learn what these truths mean in our life and work to make them our guiding principles in our daily living.
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