December 01, 2013

The dictionary defines stewardship as the “careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care.”   It seems a simple concept—take care of something for someone else.

But for Christians, it carries significant meaning on several levels.

Acknowledging your stewardship role means:

  • You affirm that what you have is not yours, that everything comes from God and has been entrusted to your care
  • You realize that God expects you to actively manage these gifts, not simply maintain them
  • You acknowledge that God works through you as you use and manage what He has given
  • You understand that while you may use these gifts for the well-being of ourselves and our families, you are also commanded to use them to help others and further God’s kingdom
  • You remember that God will hold you accountable your stewardship of what He has given you

Martin Luther summarized stewardship like this: “I have held many things in my hands and I have lost them all. But whatever I have placed in God’s hands, that I still possess.” For Christians, stewardship should be a way of life. It applies to time and the talents God has given, as well as to money and possessions. Stewardship includes:

  • time management
  • doing everything possible to stay in good health
  • caring for the environment
  • money management
  • current charitable gifts
  • legacy gifting

Some say the church talks a great deal about money. That’s because money and possessions play such a large part in our life. How we handle money is a good barometer of our relationship with God.

We offer with joy and thanksgiving what you have first given us—ourselves, our time, and our possessions…