Faithful stewardship – giving of what we have been given – is not about paying bills, it’s about doing what God expects of us. God has designed us to be generous.
STEWARDSHIP IS NOT ABOUT MONEY…IT IS ABOUT MISSION.
Putting God First in Living and Giving
We are made in God’s image and are meant to be creators of life and hope, not the consumers of our culture’s shiny gods. We have the ability to change the world and create a legacy that will live forever in the lives of generations to follow. That legacy starts when each of us takes the hard steps of financial discipline and fulfilling the call to generosity that God has placed in all of us.
The goal of faithful stewardship in our church is not to make you feel guilty, nor is it to say that you have to be exactly like this or that person. The goal is for all of us to ask questions of ourselves and be open to the possibility that God will lead us in new directions in our lives. We are challenged to consider the place that money, work, and debt have in our own lives. What are our common understandings of these, and might the witness of Scripture lead us to some different understandings? We are challenged to ask ourselves what it means for us to be faithful, to save, and to give. How do we balance all the competing interests in our lives? What priorities does God want us to have? Finally, we are challenged to give with our hearts, not out of obligation or a sense of duty and not just when we think the recipient deserves our gift. Instead, we are to give the way God gives—freely, fully, with no favorites or expectations of repayment.