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 October 2017 issue of StewardCAST, LCMS Stewardship Ministry discusses how steward leaders can best communicate to their congregations’ members that stewardship is more than the church begging for more money.
While there are no “easy answers” to this question, there are answers. There is no greater answer than to point the objector to Holy Scripture.
Passages that highlight that stewards are stewards because they are made for this purpose and that they have been redeemed for this purpose are good places to start.
Steward leaders are about emphasizing the identity of the steward, not just the activity of a steward. And a great way to accomplish this task is to model a vocation of joyful service.
Our Father in heaven has claimed us as His own. By the shedding of His Son’s blood, by the His death for our sins and His resurrection for our justification, God the Father has received us back into His family. By water combined with His Word, promise, and name, the Holy Spirit has taken up residence in us. We belong to Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. He is in us, and we are in Him. And being in Him, all things are ours. In Him, we are richly and abundantly blessed.
Our true treasure and wealth is that we belong to the most holy Trinity and everything that is His belongs also to us: righteousness, peace, eternal life. Even our temporal treasures are gifts from His fatherly divine goodness and mercy.
We receive our treasures from Him, and thus, as (good stewards of His varied grace,) (1 Peter 4:10) we manage them in such a way that they may be returned to Him. We bring them to Him, hallowed through prayers of thanksgiving and God’s holy Word, as an offering. Thus, all our possessions, as gifts from God, are also offerings to Him, from which we eat to nourish our bodies, share with our family, neighbors, and fellow Christians, with the poor and even our enemies, as holy things given by the holy God. His temporal gifts are blessings to and for us, and bring blessing upon us even as they are pressed into His service for His kingdom and the souls that receive them.
Thus we place all that we have into God’s hands, and He never fails to remember us and pours out the fullness of His promises upon us. We give thanks for all that He has done, is doing, and will continue to do. We give thanks by not taking for ourselves, but giving to all even as our heavenly Father has given to us.
As we prepare for the celebrations of Thanksgiving, may we all give thanks continually for all that we are and all that we have because of God’s providential care. And may we be all the more diligent in bringing everything that we have received from God to Him, so that He may bless it and employ it for the good of all — even for us. “For to the one who has, more will be given, and he will have an abundance” (Matthew 13:12).