Stewardship is how we utilize (put to use, employ) everything God has given us to serve God and God’s purposes for our lives—our time, gifts, talents, and resources. United Methodists frame faithful stewardship as how we utilize our (prayers, presence, gifts, service and witness). When we are faithful, our lives point like a flashing neon sign toward God; giving God a standing ovation for all the ways which serving God brings our lives the meaning and purpose we are created for, and for which we all long.
Pastor Michael Slaughter of Ginghamsburg United Methodist Church, outside of Dayton, Ohio, offers the following:
“Every Christian knows that we are called to love God with all our heart, mind, soul, and strength. But what about our wallet/pocketbook? We get asked to open it every Sunday when the offering basket comes by and are told that’s being a “good steward.” There is no clearer indicator of our ultimate values than our financial priorities and practices—how we spend, how we live, how we save, and how we give reveal the true altar of our hearts.
Ultimately, how we use our money is unavoidably a spiritual question . . . we each make a choice, consciously or unconsciously, to invest our God-provided resources in serving ourselves or serving God’s purposes. Ultimately, we each make a choice, consciously or unconsciously, to invest our God-provided resources in serving ourselves or serving God’s purposes. The first is selfish and short-sighted; the latter leads to new hope and renewed life.
From this point forward with my own Christian wallet, I choose life.”
On October 23 through November 13, our church family will focus on this in our morning worship services. Our hope is that you will make these Sundays a priority. Each family will be offered a small daily devotional booklet to use during these days, and we will explore these themes in music, preaching and teaching and prayer. I look forward to deepening my understanding and practice of stewardship. Will you join me?
Still In ONE Peace,
Jon (the Methodist)