The Episcopal Church of the Holy Innocents
“The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;” Psalm 24:1
We are God’s stewards. What we do grows out of our relationship with God. When we live as stewards, we live in relationship with our Creator, who is the owner of all. Our lives reflect a transformational view of stewardship when this is understood. People, our environment and our daily decisions are all stewardship related. When we spend time with our family rather than work, isn't that a stewardship decision? When we prioritize our prayer life and study the Bible before the morning paper, isn't that a stewardship decision?
I offer that stewardship is a lifestyle. To better understand this, we must first come to grips with the issue of ownership. It is easy to quote Psalm 24:1, but living it requires a huge commitment. Do we really believe that everything, I mean everything, belongs to God? We talk about time, treasure, and talent but I challenge you to consider relationships, priorities, and our environment as things over which we are also called to be wise stewards. We are called to be stewards of God’s creation which includes everyone and everything around us. A lifestyle of good stewardship produce a generous spirit integrated into following Jesus.
Many may be surprised to learn that we are stewards in all aspects of our life. Let us all seek to live a lifestyle of stewardship, and see how God is faithful to supply all of our needs through his riches in Christ Jesus.
Adapted from an excerpt from Outcomes Feb./March 2009 By Dr. John R. Frank, CFRE
Pat Peacock ~ Stewardship Chairman