Stewardship thoughts for November 2017

Nov. 5: All Saints Day
Matthew 5:7  “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy.” This is one of many Bible passages that remind us that we reap what we sow. Likewise, what God puts into us (His own love, mercy, kindness, and generosity) – flows back out of us. For it all starts with His self-giving!

Nov. 12: Trinity 22
Philippians 1:5  “I always thank God… because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” God doesn’t need anything we have. Yet He invites us to give so that we can indeed become “partners in the Gospel.” This is a gift of His grace: inviting us to do significant work in the Kingdom of God.

Nov. 19: Trinity 23
Philippians 3:19: “Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things.” There is the danger in setting our minds on earthly things, serving mammon, and caring more for our bodily comfort than our spiritual well-being. God does not tell us to be faithful and generous in our stewardship of the things of this earth to ruin our fun. Rather, He tells us to give generously to teach us how to make sure the things of this world do not lay a hold of our hearts.

Nov 23: Thanksgiving Day
Deuteronomy 8:3  “…that he might make you know that man does not live by bread alone, but man lives by every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD.” The flip side to this statement is what Jesus told us about worrying in Matthew 6:33 “…seek first the Kingdom of God… and all these things will be added unto you.”  When we put things in the right order – God, His Kingdom, and His Word first – everything else falls into place.

Nov. 26: Last Sunday in Church Year
Matthew 25:4  “….but the wise took flasks of oil with their lamps.” Why did they take flasks of oil with them? Because they listened to the Bridegroom’s words and believed them. Our actions always start with and flow from our beliefs. What do your actions in the realm of stewardship say about what you believe?