God owns our lives. That may strike you as intrusive, but it’s true. We are God’s creatures. He made us and gave us the estate we call our lives. We are only temporary managers of that estate. We are called to be good managers: taking risks when necessary for growth, and properly caring for and protecting the assets we already have.
But stewardship is about so much more than money It’s about using our connection to God, our presence in worship, our financial gifts, our service in the church and community, and our stories of faith - for God’s purposes. Stewardship is about going to worship when we don’t feel like going, it’s being inspired to pray for someone we hadn’t thought about in a while, choosing to go on a mission trip for the first time, or sharing our Christian story with someone who hasn’t heard it before.
Stewardship is about managing our human, financial, and physical resources in such a way that we can move toward God’s vision and live out Jesus’ mission. It’s about being inspired and educated by God among the people we call our church family, then moving out into the community to help people and change society according to God’s plans for the world.
In the end, stewardship isn’t about money. It’s about being a unified community under God and inspired by the Spirit to follow Jesus and build God’s kingdom on earth. That’s exciting. And I can’t wait to tell you more.
See you in church.