Stewardship seems to be a bad word in the church today. We rarely hear it preached about from the pulpit and when it is, the sermon is usually concluded with an appeal to give more money to the church. We throw around the word whenever we have to fundraise for a furnace, air conditioner, or new church building. This has left many people with anxiety whenever they hear it mentioned. So why is stewardship something I get excited about? Why did I spend all last week at a Stewardship Conference? Because it's about so much more than fundraising! In fact, the definition Chris Brown gives for Stewardship is this: Managing God's blessings, God's way, for God's glory. Isn't that beautiful? Stewardship impacts every area of our daily lives. Not only does it dictate how we spend our money, but also how we manage our time, energy, and relationships.

/ˈst(y)o͞oərdˌSHip/ n. Managing God’s blessings, God’s way, for God’s glory

One of the key words in that definition is the word managing. You see, we don't own any of it. We don't own money, time, or talent. All of that is God's! He owns everything. Yet He asks us to manage these resources for Him. Even though they aren't ours, though, He promises to repay us when He uses them! Jesus said it this way, "But lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt, and where thieves do not break through nor steal" (Matthew 6:20). When we allow God to use His resources, He promises to put them into heaven's vault with our name on it! What an amazing God we serve.

Learning to be a steward,

Pastor Sutherland