We come to a somewhat awkward topic: stewardship. Before we dive in more fully let me be clear what we mean by stewardship: the proper and efficient way to manage resources for the maximum amount of good. In getting back to the previous sentence, stewardship feels awkward when we treat it as a sales pitch. In stewardship we aren’t trying to sell you anything, rather we are calling the church and the people of God to live into their identity as followers and friends of Jesus Christ. Here are a few things to consider as many of us not just at Second Ave. look at stewardship.
- Don’t get caught in the comfort illusion.
When I say this, I want you to know that you should hold on to enough to feed, clothe, and house your family. But, if we look around at much of our possessions, much of our resources I’m fairly certain the truth will emerge: we have WAY more than we need. The average American household has three television sets and over 300,000 belongings. We are blessed to be able to acquire many material possessions.
However, if we look at Jesus’ examples in the gospels people of means aren’t spoken of very positively. Jesus tells His followers that it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than the rich to enter the kingdom of Heaven. (Matthew 19:24) He tells the rich young ruler he can follow if he sells his possessions and gives money to the poor (Mark 10:17). Do wealth and Christianity mix? Well, the answer is yes and no. Many wealthy people are very devoted, generous Christians, meanwhile wealth can also become an idol or temptation that ensnares many people.
Many people desire to live comfortable lives, but always know that living comfortably doesn’t always lead a happy, fulfilled life. God is calling all of us to be faithful and generous let us look to listen always to the Holy Spirit’s leading.
2. Generous People Break Status Quos
Part of our frustration in our country right now is many of us don’t like the status quo. We want things to change, situations to improve, and people’s lives to become better. However, the sad reality is that won’t happen if we keep acting normally. To go alongside that generosity is sadly not the norm in our world today. My charge to you as you read this is to do something. Not everything. The world’s problems are too big for one person or church to do everything, but everyone can do something. Pray as a family to do something big and look to serve together. Our country is ready to change the status quo for the better and it will happen not through any government mandate but through generous individuals, families, and churches. Be blessed and always look to give what the spirit leads you to give.