“Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also.”
– Jesus (Matthew 6:19-21, ESV)
In our bulletins we’ve displayed for any and all to see “Our Core Values,” which summarize our priorities. I won’t go through all eight of them, here, but I would like to highlight one of them. It’s usually listed last, not because it’s least important among our core values but because it’s a summary and restatement of all of the others – the whole Christian life, in fact. It is:
Stewarding the things of God by faith – His grace, His Gospel, His people, His resources.
Through October (2016), Pastor Chris and I will finish up Chapter Five in our current series from the Book of Ephesians. But for November (2016), I’d like for us to take a bit of a break to explore some of what the Bible teaches us about Christian stewardship.
I don’t often talk about money, and I preach or teach on money even less frequently than that! The reason is I never, ever (ever) want anyone – whether our members and especially our guests – to think we are more (or even equally) interested in what they can bring to us – their money, for one example – than we are in them as people and families.
While my heart on this matter might have been right, I’m becoming increasingly aware that my practice has been less so. We still don’t want anyone to misunderstand our motives! But in our conversion to Christ, we have real and joyful responsibilities to transfer all of our former allegiances from ourselves and the world to Jesus Christ alone.
This leads to a second reason we should do this: The whole Christian life is a stewardship, and not just of money or material stuff but of our lives! The Christian faith is a stewardship and not merely of Spiritual matters but of all the stuff of ministry! This includes the reason and the way that we steward all things, recognizing that all things belong ultimately not to us but to God – His grace, His Gospel, His people, and His resources.
Here are the four messages that we’ll be sharing in November on Biblical stewardship:
I do hope that you’ll join us and consider inviting your friends and family members.