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Stewardship

 

Then David blessed the LORD in the presence of the whole assembly, praying in these words: “Blessed may you be, O LORD, God of Israel our father, from eternity to eternity. Yours, O LORD, are grandeur and power, majesty, splendor, and glory. For all in heaven and on earth is yours; yours, O LORD, is the sovereignty; you are exalted as head over all. Riches and honor are from you, and you have dominion over all. In your hand are power and might; it is yours to give grandeur and strength to all. Therefore, our God, we give you thanks and we praise the majesty of your name. But who am I, and who are my people, that we should have the means to contribute so freely? For everything is from you, and we only give you what we have received from you.” – 1Ch 29:10-14

At St. Regis, we believe that Stewardship is about being grateful, responsible stewards of the gifts we receive from God. The tradition of giving back to God and to the Church comes from the Biblical practice of “tithing,” which means to give back a tenth of our earnings to God (Numbers 18:26). We see stewardship as more than simply contributing money. It is also about contributing one’s time and talents, and volunteering for ministry and mission. It’s about reaching out to build relationships from a perspective of abundance instead of scarcity. It is about using all of the many gifts that God has given you and returning them to the Lord with interest.

For many, giving money is easy. But God has gifted each and every one of us in many other ways. As Christian stewards we are commissioned by God to bear fruit for the Kingdom. We are called to be  responsible managers of our God-given resources of time, talent, and treasure. Stewardship is living out a commitment to be Christ-centered rather than self-centered and involves a conversion of the heart. It is a lifelong journey.  Stewardship is a complete lifestyle, a life of total accountability and responsibility acknowledging God as Creator and Owner of all.

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