This week we are beginning the final phase of our year-long stewardship emphasis God’s Plans … Our Hands.  In this campaign we have learned that stewardship for Christians is a way of life that recognizes that everything we have is God’s, and we are simply managing those resources while here on earth. Through our stewardship, we are the heart, spirit and hands of God, reaching out in love to share with our world.  It is this obedience and believing that God is who He says He is and that He will do what He says He will do.  This is truly how God’s plans are fulfilled through our actions.   
 
We want everyone to experience the joy of sharing meaningfully in the ministry and mission God has called us to. I know that some react to the term stewardship by rolling their eyes and searching for the nearest exit. But that reaction indicates a misunderstanding of the concept. To expect that we won’t talk about stewardship, or that our members won’t encourage one another to practice it, would be like expecting a symphony director and its members not to talk about or encourage one another to play their respective parts.
 
The call to stewardship is the invitation for us to do our part as members of Christ’s Body on earth; to use our hands to accomplish God’s plans. We are not just observers in an audience witnessing the wonderful work of God. We are members of the orchestra who get to and, in fact, are expected to actively participate in that wonderful work. Doing our part so that the great work of God may unfold for the benefit of all—this is stewardship and it is where the joy of living the Christian life is experienced.
 
The Apostle Paul writes in Ephesians 4:16, “He makes the whole body fit together perfectly. As each part does its own special work, it helps the other parts grow, so that the whole body is healthy and growing and full of love.”  Whether in ways that seem small or significant, whether with gifts that appear miniscule or major, the persistent call is for each of us to simply do our part. God alone knows which gifts are the greatest.  God alone is the one who can turn even the humblest offerings into those that change the world.
 
Randy