Stewardship

Lakewood First United Methodist Church


The theme of our stewardship campaign this year is Giving it All You Got!, and over the next few weeks we will have a series of talks and bible studies on this theme.  Throughout this lead-up to to Consecration Sunday, we will be providing examples of how each of us can give what we have to serve God, and as we know, this does not just involve giving money.  We give our time, our talents, our love, and whatever God puts on our hearts to provide of our treasure.

 

Giving God Our Best

Stewardship includes the commitment of time, talents, and money to God’s use. More than that, though, it involves our total lives. The standard set for us in God’s Word is high. God wants us as his followers to give it all we’ve got so that all people will “be saved and come to a knowledge of the truth” (1 Timothy 2:4). Through grace, which meets all of our needs, we are to tell others of his love and his mighty deeds and give our lives to him in joyful service. In stewardship, we offer ourselves for the accomplishment of Christ’s work in the world.

 

The Apostle Paul wrote in Ephesians 5:17, “Do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is.” Through study and meditation in his Word and through prayer, God reveals his will for our lives.  “Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is … his good, pleasing and perfect will” (Romans 12:2). Out of gratitude for Christ who gave us his all, we devote ourselves to doing his will. Through the reading of his Word and participation in the Sacraments, God strengthens and equips us so we can fulfill his purpose for our lives. “I can do everything through him, who gives me strength” (Philippians 4:13). God calls us to “be strong in [him] and in his mighty power” (Ephesians 6:10). By the power of the Holy Spirit, we can give it all we’ve got in service and commitment to the Lord.