Pastor’s ponderings

This Sunday we will wrap up our special sermon series on stewardship. For those that have been in attendance, we know that it has been a challenging time.  God has presented messages to us that have made us really question where we are in our faith journey and how well we have been conducting our stewardship of all that God has given us.  I know, because I have been challenged as well!

          Yet, here’s the thing.  Just because September is coming to an end, and this sermon series is coming to a conclusion, that doesn’t mean that we stop thinking about our stewardship.  In fact, we should be constantly aware of how we are caring for what God has given us to look after – our money, our job, our homes, our families, our friends, our prayers, our spiritual gifts, and a great multitude more.  As we recall from Deuteronomy, “Do not say to yourself, ‘My power and the might of my own hand have gotten me this wealth.’ 18 But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you power to get wealth, so that he may confirm his covenant that he swore to your ancestors, as he is doing today” (Deut 8:17-18, NRSVUE).  What we have is a gift from God that has been given to us for the divine purpose of enhancing the Kingdom on earth.  To withhold any of it is to impede the growth of the Kingdom and deter the possibilities for change that are present around us.

          So, perhaps as we begin this change of seasons, it can also be a change of season in your life.  Ponder how you might be a better steward of that which God has loaned to you.  What gifts have you been given that might be given to another?  Where might you help grow the Kingdom today?

                                                Always pondering, 

Pastor Steve

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