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Message from Pastor Gorden- Generous Hearts

posted Sep 25, 2012, 7:56 AM by Tracey Morris   [ updated Mar 26, 2016, 7:38 AM ]
Each year as a church family time is set aside to talk about our giving of time, talent and treasure to the work of the Lord at St. Paul’s Lutheran. This year on the first three Sundays of November we will emphasize Generous Hearts in response to the generous gifts from God to each of us.

We are called to be good and gracious stewards of all that God has given to us. One definition of Steward is a person who manages the affairs of a household or estate for the owner. In the Christian sense, a steward is the Manager of the Affairs of God on Earth. This is a very serious responsibility we share as the people of God’s church.

My friend Harry Wendt the President of Crossways International ministry takes it a step further. He encourages people to understand Psalm 24:1 :

“The Earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it.”

The earth, the world, everything belongs to God. So in our understanding of stewardship we are simply the managers of all the resources, which God has given to us. Listen to what Harry says in regard to this truth:
“And when we think about the economic ups and downs that affect individuals and nations, it helps to remember the term, "GNP." No, not Gross National Product--but rather, "God's Natural Property." God created everything...and God continues to own it! We are but mere stewards of God's property. Once people internalize that fundamental concept, the grip of fear starts to loosen. People begin to feel liberated, less consumed with self-interest, and able to start living the Jesus way—‘traveling light’ and trusting in God to take care of our needs (but not our greeds).”

This year it is important for us to grasp this understanding in a new and fresh way. Dr. Wendt happens to be correct about the very source of all our blessings. So out of God’s generosity we are called to have generous hearts. We are called to put God’s spiritual blessings to good use by storing up “treasures in heaven.”

“For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.” (Matthew 6:19)

Setting our hearts in the right place is very important. We can do this by discerning God’s presence in our life and pray for direction when making our financial decision for the coming year. We have all been blessed so much. Take time to read in scripture how God has poured out blessings on all who call upon his name. Once we find where our real treasures are then interestingly enough our hearts will be generous toward God’s church.

Thank you in advance for your faithful partnership and commitment to the work of God’s church.

A partner in mission,
Pastor Gorden