While we as believers see prayer, worship and Scripture reading as important spiritual practices, how do we see stewardship? The reality is that for many of us stewardship is what happens in October around the annual pledge campaign to meet next year’s church budget.
However, Henri Nouwen asks the probing question, “Would we still give if there was no church budget? Yes, because it is part of our discipleship. Giving is about my need to give and not about the church’s need to receive.” Intriguing words, wouldn’t you say? We are called as Christians to be givers, to be a generous people seeking to serve and give and not just to receive. In short, we are called to be stewards of what God has given to us.
Being generous should become part of our natural response to the grace of God. People who live generously treat their giving as they would any other aspect of life that they value –with intentionality. During this past Lent we focused on a Rule of Life as a way to establish regular practices that can help us grow spiritually. How about making the following rule of life your rule for this year?
Pray daily – worship weekly – learn constantly – serve joyfully and give generously.