Our Stewardship articles come from http://www.lcms.org/stewardship. Here at St. Matthew's, we take our work in our church, communities, and at home seriously. We strive to dedicate ourselves and our purposes to the betterment of all around us, to the Glory of God. We pray that God guides our hands and our hearts in their work.
In the June 2017 issue of StewardCAST, LCMS Stewardship Ministry shares the disciplines of being a Godly steward. Faithful stewards are marked by a desire to learn more about who the Lord has created them to be as stewards. They are fearless and participate in both corporate and individual stewardship.
God’s Word is the only tool needed to discipline the Godly steward. And this discipline is all about the means of grace. It might not seem pleasant at the time, but as the Holy Spirit leads, it will produce a result in the person and in the congregation that is amazing.
“I will bless you …, so that you will be a blessing” (Gen. 12:2). The Lord blessed Abraham so that he would be a blessing. How did He bless Abraham? He promised that from His seed would come the savior of the nations. And Abraham believed that promise, trusted that the Lord would provide it just as He had promised. Thus, everything Abraham did was colored by that promise. He willingly gave of himself and his household in service to the Lord in view of that promise.
Our Father in heaven has richly blessed us. Not only has He given us everything that we need to support this body and life, but He has also provided, that promised seed in His Son, our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the savior of the nations. He is the redeemer of the world. He is the one who has conquered sin, death, and the power of the devil by His death, resurrection, and ascension.
Just as we are richly blessed, we are also thereby freed to be a blessing. Since God has endowed us with His gifts, we are set to endow others. Thus, we give of the blessings we have received so that others may be blessed. We do this in our homes, our communities, and our churches. We press the blessings God has lavished upon us in service to those around us. We use our time, our talents, and our treasures to be a blessing even as they have been a blessing to us.
The Lord blesses us. And He enlists us to be a blessing to others. So, whenever you put that envelope in the collection plate, when you set out to serve at the local food pantry, when you sit down to help your kids with homework, think of this: The Lord has blessed you, so that you will be a blessing.