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Stewardship Thoughts

June 2017

Empowered to be God’s Stewards

God has given us freedom of choice. We were not created to act as robots who behave in predictable and certain ways. With our free will, we will all choose our own answers to this stewardship question: “How will you use the resources God has entrusted to you?” Some will be stewards for the Lord, whereas others will be interested only in serving themselves. In essence, we are all stewards. We will either be stewards for the Lord or for ourselves. When we spend time in God’s Word, he will strengthen our faith so we can fulfill the responsibilities he gives us. May God empower us to say as Joshua said, “But as for me and my household, we will serve the Lord” (Joshua 24:15).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I pray for wisdom and guidance as I strive to be your faithful steward. Help me to share your love with others. May my words and actions give you the honor and praise that you deserve. In Jesus’ precious name I pray. Amen.

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We are Jesus’ Hands, Feet, and Mouth

Stewards are eternity-minded servants of God. In our stewardship journey, we rely on the power of the Holy Spirit who nourishes us for our tasks through Word and Sacrament. We are ready to serve wherever God calls us, whether it’s the neighbor next door or the stranger in a far off land. We are willing and eager to give generously in support of the Kingdom of God. We realize that it is our task to be Jesus’ hands and feet, eyes and ears, while it is his Spirit who works faith.

Prayer: Lord, by your grace and with the faith that you give to me, I am privileged to be your instrument through which others will hear the Good News. Help me to witness boldly and tell others of your unconditional love for them. Help me to be faithful to the tasks you give me. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.

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Run with Perseverance

"Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles, and let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us" (Hebrews 12:1).

As we think of the faithful saints who have gone before us and who preserved for the Church a true and correct doctrine of the Holy Scriptures, we are encouraged by what they accomplished for the Kingdom of God through their dedicated concern for the mission of the Church. We, then, are motivated to follow their example and to continue what they have begun, in grateful response to God's love and provision for us.

Prayer: Good and gracious heavenly Father, I thank you for your tremendous generosity toward me. I thank you for who I am and what I have, and I especially thank you for the most indescribable gift, the gift of your Son. Help me to show my gratitude by being generous to you through my gifts to my church and to others. In Christ’s name I pray. Amen.

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We are God’s Stewards

In an attempt to have better understanding of our role as stewards, we can compare our positions as stewards to the function and responsibility assumed by the trustee of a trust. In the same manner as a trustee, a steward is a manager who has the latitude to make decisions in the best interest of the owner. As the trustee is a servant to the trust, the steward is a servant to God as the owner of all that the steward manages. Both trustee and steward positions are full-time vocations. Being a steward is a whole life commitment, involving all we are, all we possess, and all we do. As God’s stewards, we are accountable to him (1 Corinthians 4:2).

Prayer: Heavenly Father, I thank you for the privilege and the opportunity to be your steward. Grant me the faith that I need to be an effective and faithful steward of all that you entrust to me. Help me to be worthy of your trust in me. May all that I do give your honor and glory. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.


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