Building A Life of Stewardship #1

7 Feb 2013 by Another Level, No Comments »

 

“The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it.”      – Ps. 24:1

 “Most people just coming back or in church don’t tithe; they tip God.”  -10 Mistakes New Church Starts Makes

Stewardship is not only vital to the churches life, but to the lives of members of the body of Christ. If the church does not talk about stewardship it is doing a disservice to the body of Christ in which should gladly participate in the mission of God.  Stewardship is a faithful and conscientious response to God’s graciousness in all things Many people person feel uncomfortable when talking about this topic at church, let me ease your burden, I am going to talk about money, I am going to talk about giving and patterns of giving and I am going to give us an opportunity to give.  Let me tell you what I’m not going to do. I’m not going to make you feel guilty about how and or what you give, I’m not going to play games or tricks with you to give, this is not about getting you to give more money but to make the correlation that giving reflects relationship with God.

 
Many times when I hear stewardship being preach the framework is often from Malachi 3:10;

            Bring the whole tithe into the storehouse, that there may be food in my house. Test me in this,” says the Lord Almighty, “and see if I will not throw open the floodgates of heaven and pour out so much blessing that you will not have room enough for it.

I have chosen to not use this text because the word tithe means tenth and in my thinking and growing in my understanding of the tithing principle. For some us we need that type of rubric to give, but for others that becomes to legalistic. What I’m after is not a system of giving, but an attitude of generosity that reflects your relationship with Jesus Christ. A value of the understanding that I(we) give because it all is His anyway and reflective of my obedience to God, His abundance takes care of my necessities in life.

So,  for some us ten percent is too low, that not the right bench marks for where your relationship is with God. God has been too good to some of us to just throw in the bucket a measly ten percent when 90% of your life was in the garbage and He pulled you through and turned your life around. For others ten percent is too high because of your faith or perhaps you h

ave never been challenged to think like a steward before so for you that high. You are not there yet. At any rate all of us are called to move toward missional giving that goes beyond a tight-fisted reality to a generous life in Christ.

My goal in this series is for us is to live out our faith generously, serve God passionately, participate in this mission of God gracefully and recognize things that hinder or stunt our stewardship pattern honestly.

Join me this Sunday!

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