This month we consider the fact that the giving Christian gives gracefully. The apostle Paul asks in Romans 8:32, “He who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all-how will He not also, along with Him, graciously give us all things?" Everything we have - everything - is a gift from God. I can't think of anything that I have in my life, big or small, no matter what it is, that I can tell you truthfully that I earned it or deserve it.
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Last month, we began a little series of thoughts dealing with Stewardship. We began with the thought that the giving Christian gives faithfully. This month we are going to consider the fact that the giving Christian gives compassionately. Then, in the next three months, we will consider the fact that the giving Christian gives gracefully, proportionately and globally.
I have been sharing with you some thoughts on Christian Stewardship. Right off the bat let me assure you that Stewardship does not only apply to money, but as you can see in my prior blog called the Eight T's of Stewardship, Christian Stewardship involves our Time, Talents, Treasures, Testimony, Tissue, Trash, Touch, and Technology.
Christian Stewardship is concerned with God’s gifts and the way we use them. There are many passages in the Bible that are concerned with a giving God and a receiving people. How the receiving people use all that comes from a giving God is, in my book, what Christian Stewardship is all about.
Our Missouri Synod has this as their definition of stewardship: “Christian stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purposes.”