When one thinks of stewardship, what things come to mind? Does it come giving; helping; charity; money; talents; gifts; volunteering? Let me point out that there are two ways of looking at stewardship: one way would be that of the world, a business attitude towards stewardship. The other way is Christ’s way, the way of love, of philanthropy. With this attribute, the fruits of one’s labors are blessed. Without these, there is no Christ in the stewardship – but only giving.
I would like to share with you a story about stewardship. A parishioner complained once that Christianity is one continual give, give, give. His pastor replied: “Thank you for the finest definition of Christianity I have ever heard. That’s the way it all began. God gave: He gave His only Son. His Son gave: He gave His life on the cross that we may have life. His disciples gave: they left their homes and businesses to devote themselves full time to Christ as proclaimers of His salvific Good News. All but one of the twelve apostles died a martyr’s death: they gave their lives for Christ. Through the ages the work of Christ has prospered to the extent that Christians have been willing to give, give, and give.”
A sermon from Rev. Dr. Dumitru Macaila