“This is the long distance operator. I have a long distance call for you. Will you accept the call?” You may have received a call like that if you were around in the 1940’s, 50’s and 60’s.
A call I recently received was from the Pastor at the church. “I need you on the Stewardship team.” Stewardship, a religious term that means we need a solid foundation of committed giving on which to plan our budget for next year. It’s as much a part of the cycle of the church year as Advent and Lent.
However, flash back a few hundred years to when the Lords, Dukes and Earls were the only landowners, often with large castles on hundreds of acres of estates. They would hire someone to take care of the estate and the maintenance of the castle. That person was called a Steward. He did not own the property, but he took care of the property for the owner.
That’s a pretty good comparison of what our relationship is to God. God owns the cattle on a thousand hills and He owns the hills, too. God asks us to be his asset managers. We have been placed here to take care of His creation. To those who take that responsibility seriously, He entrusts much.
Then there are those that are like a 5 year old in a candy store. I want that and that and that and that and that. And we go crying to God, “Daddy, I need some more.” And God says, “I don’t think so. I saw what you did with that last bit I gave you.” Is it any wonder that a sign of your devotion is to give 10% of your first fruits?
It’s a good time of the year to take some time away from church, especially if they are going to talk about giving money. The choir will be singing Christmas Carols soon, we can go back then and enjoy the Christmas season. After all, the family will be in town soon and they are not going to want to drag off to church while they are here, especially if the message is going to be about giving money.
So depending on what is in your heart, I will see you at church on November 30 or I won’t. You will not go to heaven or hell based upon your attendance. To those who are there, I will offer greetings of the day and my sincere thanks for letting me share a message with you.