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A Spirit of Stewardship and Generosity

 As we embark upon a new month, and shift our focus to the “Fall Harvest of Stewardship and Generosity” for God’s Kingdom Purpose and Kingdom Building, let each of us be willing to make the sacrifice of our time, gifts, talents and finances as we support (undergird) the people and ministry which are the Biblical mandate for God’s Ministry Services.

 Stewardship begins and ends with the understanding of God’s ownership of all, His Word tells us:

 I am the Alpha and the Omega, First and the Last, the Beginning and the End” Revelation 22:13.

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

 “To the Lord your God belong the heavens, even the highest heaven, the earth and everything in it” Deuteronomy 10:14.

 “The land must not be sold permanently; because the land is mine and you are but aliens and my tenants” Leviticus 25:23.

 “Who has a claim against me that I must pay? Everything under heaven belongs to me” Job 41:11.

Stewardship is further supported and sustained theologically on the understanding of God‘s holiness as found in Genesis1:2; Psalm 104; Psalm 113; 1 Chronicles 29:10-20; Colossians 1:16; and Revelation 1:8.

 It is not a matter of whether we agree with God in this teaching. It is a direct commandment of the Lord, and it is His way of opening the door of blessing for us. The word “tithe” means a tenth, a principle of divine instruction for God’s people. Even as Abram said, God is the POSSESSOR of heaven and earth, and when we pay tithes and give offerings, we are only stewards of that which He blesses us with.

 Therefore, if we desire to be like Christ, we must make the same sacrifices that He did, living a life of  self-denial and taking up our cross to follow Him, Philippians 2; Colossians 1:24; Matthew 16:21-26.

 Remember, Christian giving is grace. That means giving is the power of God’s love at work in the Christian life to do God’s work. Paul describes it this way: The nature of Christian stewardship as he defined in the example of the Macedonians and encouraged the Corinthians in their stewardship flowed as such:

 The meaning of Steward:

 Severe testing can result in overflowing joy;

 Extreme poverty can bring abundant generosity;

 Christian giving goes beyond economic ability; it shows ones total devotion to Christ;

 Stewardship means one gives voluntarily rather than under outside compulsion;

 Self must be dedicated to God before money can truly represent Christian stewardship.

 Remember, generosity is arguably the highest form of biblical stewardship. Steward is a lifestyle based on the biblical belief that God is the rightful owner of everything and that we are stewards (i.e. caretakers) of His stuff, responsible to do with it what must be done.

 The question is: “What does God want me to do with His stuff (assignment)?

That assignment can be anything, but it is up to you how your character handles it.

 For Your Personal Reading:

 Psalm 24:1

 1 Corinthians 6:19

 Luke 6:35

 Luke 12:33

 

Pastor Rose Whitfield

 

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