A good steward shares his/her God-given gifts. We must from time to time quietly reflect on the immense goodness shown by the many gifts we receive from Him. God endows each human being with certain personal gifts, talents and material possessions. Stewardship requires us to acknowledge always the source of each gift that has been received. Although we are recipients of almost limitless gifts, our tendency is often to call them our own and claim them for ourselves exclusively.
Christian Stewardship reminds us that these gifts are not our own, that we merely have a trusteeship over them, not an ownership. To give some portion back to God, to those in need, to give away some portion because so many have less than us, is a way of expressing directly our thanksgiving to God for these gifts. As each of us joined the United Methodist Church, we promised God that we would faithfully participate in the ministry of the Church by our prayers, presence, gifts, and service.
Choosing to be a generous disciple starts with prayer. Through your prayer support, our ministry becomes possible. Please prayerfully reflect on choosing to be a generous disciple through your time, gifts, and service. You will notice that the Covenant of Giving encompasses all four promises.
Why should I decide to give?
In gratitude for what God has done.
“If God will be with me and watch over me…of all that you [God] give me, I will give you a tenth.” –Jacob’s promise to God in Genesis
Everything we have belongs to God.
“A tithe [tenth] of everything from the land, whether grain from the soil or fruit from the trees, belongs to the Lord; it is holy to the Lord.” – Leviticus 27:3
Jesus taught that we should give.
Jesus had a great deal to say about money and giving. He demanded that his followers not serve wealth, but God. In the parable of the talents, he taught that God will hold us each accountable for what we do with all we possess. He taught generosity and sacrifice.
Paul taught that we should share our gifts.
“Command those who are rich in this world…to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.” -St. Paul’s first letter to Timothy
To whom much has been give…
“From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much more will be asked.” – Luke 12:48b
Because we reap what we sow.
“The point is this: the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully.” – 2 Corinthians 9:6