A minister speaking on stewardship summarized his message saying; pray about your giving, and when you do give; do it systematically, give generously, willingly, and have a cheerful heart. This message has been resonating with me in light of the 2017 Operating Campaign. The question I have been wrestling with centers on my faithfulness to my Lord about giving.
1 Corinthians 4:2 “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
2 Timothy 2:13 “If we are faithless, he will remain faithful, for he cannot disown himself.”
If I am willing to trust, have faith, in Jesus Christ for my salvation and to have eternal life, why then is it so hard to be faithful in fulfilling being a faithful steward when it comes to my giving? The reality is that I am human and I fall short at times for whatever reason. I do not always pray on a continuous basis about my giving; I don’t always give on a regular basis; and I am not always willing or cheerful, so I ask myself am I really being faithful. The answer is no especially when I put it all into context of what Jesus did for me. So I pray, ask for the Holy Spirit to guide and direct me, to change me to become a faithful giver again. Sometimes it takes a while but eventually I get back on track.
Father, I thank you for your only son, Jesus, who gave His life for me, to die on the cross for my sins and for the Holy Spirit to dwell in me. I pray that as a steward over all that has been given to me, realizing all belongs to you, that I can strive to be faithful to you. Thank you for being so faithful to me and my family. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen.
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