Who Do We Say That We Are?
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What gift will you bring to the Giver?
What we believe is not displayed in the words we use but in the lives we live. When we investigate who we are as Christians, we should reflect on how we spend our time and our financial resources and who we are deep inside.
Our Christian faith cannot be captured via a snapshot of any given point in time. The authenticity of our faith shows itself in the longer narrative of our lives. Who we become as followers of Jesus Christ depends on the habits and practices we embody in our lives. I have learned that no single sermon needs to be a homerun, but the consummate preacher develops of a habit of diligently and consistently preparing each week. Over time, the practice changes who we are and helps us to become the person God created us to be. What is true for the clergy is true for the lay person.
Becoming a good steward applies to far more than financial resources. It covers the entire constellation of opportunities and challenges that constitute human life. When we practice a consistent discipline of prayer, it leads over time to a closer relationship with the Divine. Out of this relationship, our character is sculpted and molded, and we become more and more Christ-like. Giving our time, talent and treasure on a consistent basis changes who we are. We learn how we inherit the heart of Jesus Christ.
We give for the welfare of our church, not because the electricity would be shut off if we didn’t, but because it enhances our relationship with God. Out of that relationship, we inherit the life of abundance without limit: what the Bible describes as eternal life.
Please be as generous as you are able this year, and may God bless you as you live in the fullness of the Creator who created you.
Rev. Dr. Don Longbottom and the Stewardship Ministry Team
STEWARDSHIP MINISTRY TEAM
Curt Daniel (chair)