Stewardship thoughts for September 2017
Sept. 3 – Trinity 12
2 Corinthians 3:5 – “Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God.” We are not sufficient, not enough, not capable in and of ourselves. But God gives us what is enough, what is sufficient, and makes us capable. That is the beginning of wisdom: we are utterly dependent on God’s mercy. Our whole Christian life flows forth from this dependence: for if we are dependent upon the Lord, how can we not follow His Commandments and walk in His way?
Sept. 10 – Trinity 13
Luke 10:25 – And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" That’s just not a good question! Doing and inheriting just don’t go together: what can you do to inherit Bill Gates’ fortune? Nothing. Inheriting is about birth right; doing is about merit. We receive eternal life by birth right in our Baptism into Christ. All of our doing in the Kingdom of God flows from this, from who we are by our new birth. It can never be the other way around.
Sept. 17 – Trinity 14
Luke 17:18-19 – Jesus said, “Was no one found to return and give praise to God except this foreigner?" And he said to him, "Rise and go your way; your faith has made you well." Faith and thanksgiving go together. How could they not go together? Our Lord gave Himself for us and we trust Him and His every Word. Once we have this faith, we want to say thank you – it’s only natural. And thus our stewardship is only a natural part of the Christian faith – we thank the Lord with our gifts which enable the Church to reach more with the Good News of Christ.
Sept. 24 – Trinity 15
Matthew 6:25 – “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat or what you will drink, nor about your body, what you will put on.” Our anxieties and fears all come down to one thing: worrying that we will not have what we think we need. But God is our loving heavenly Father: He will always care for us, His will is always best, and He actually knows what we actually need. That confidence should set us free from worry and free us for service according to the callings God has given us.