Ways to Give
When I think of stewardship season and why I’m called to give, I’m reminded of the Psalmist’s words in Psalm 24:1,
“The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.”
How wonderful would it be if we lived our lives as if this verse was true? Imagine a world where we felt one with God and one with our neighbor. Perhaps there would be less comparison and competition, and more humility and respect. Stewardship is about recognition and responsibility. It is about opening our eyes and recognizing all we have comes from God. Along with recognition comes a deep sense of responsibility. This allows us to do for others as it has been done for us. Giving of our time and our talent in the church today is a way we can live this out. It is the definition of our baptismal covenant. It is through this covenant that unites us to God and to others. This covenant is the essence of our being. All things created by God belong to God. The life we live can be a reflection of God’s goodness and his grace. Who we are can be an image of the living God. Giving back is a way we can actively share with others the truth that we all belong to God.
The Rev. Martin J. Bastian
Vice-Rector and Stewardship Liaison