Thoughts on Stewardship
I was asked to share my thoughts on steweardship and I have to say I am more than happy to do so, because it is an opportunity to share how good God is and has been to me in the past. I can assure you that He has been far more generous with me than I have been with Him. He has been very faithful in fulfilling the promises He has made.
Let me share three things with you that I believe are key ingredients to being a good steward...
First and foremost, be a commandment keeper. Mark nailed commandment keeping down when he recorded these words of Jesus: "The most important commandment is this: 'Love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, all your mind, and all your strength.' The second is equally important: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.'"* Only when we love with our whole being will we be willing, or able, to be truly generous with what God has blessed us with. And so, to be good stewards, we need to be commandment keepers and love, because God first loved us.
Second, celebrate the magnificence of the creation of our world by keeping the Sabbath. This isn't just about worshipping on the right day. "Rest with Me, worship Me, and make a difference for others with Me" is God's invitation each Sabbath. By spending time with Him on the day He set apart we learn from our Creator how to be good stewards of all our time.
Third, follow God's recipe for financial success. God promises that if we return to Him a tenth of what He has given us He will open the windows of heaven and pour out more blessings than we have capacity to handle. Why will He do that? So we can bless others with our increased prosperity! Why would we do that? It goes back to love - loving our neighbors as we love ourselves.
I invite you to love God with your whole heart. Show that love by spending each Sabbath with Him in celebration of His goodness. And love your neighbor by allowing God's blessings to you, to spill over and bless them as well.
*Mark 12:29-31 NLT
By Jon Corder, VP Finance
Oregon Conference of Seventh-day Adventists