I cannot believe that we are now in the year 2017 already! Christmas is something of the past and we are preparing for the NEW YEAR. TIME does not stop. TIME is a valued commodity in our day, which brings me to the Stewardship campaign where we will focus on TIME.
I know that the word stewardship and steward are not words that we commonly use today. Therefore, I want to review the definition of stewardship. A steward is a person who manages and administrates what has been entrusted to him by another. In this case, a steward is a person who manages what has been entrusted to him/her by God.
God has entrusted us with talents, TIME, and money. Therefore, a stewardship is the careful and responsible management of the things God has entrusted to our care. Someone else wrote saying: “It is a lifestyle choice that recognizes that everything is a gift from God. Jesus taught that our responsibility as disciples is to recognize that God is the provider of all that we possess and that our call is to be generous givers. A Christian steward contributes his or her time, talent, prayers, and financial resources with a willing and joyful spirit. Being a generous giver is a spiritual response to God’s goodness.”
There are two key principles related to stewardship revealed in the Bible namely that God owns all things (see Psalm 24:1) and that every believer has the personal responsibility to manage, supervise, and administer all that God has given him/her to His glory (Romans 14:12).
As believers in the TRIUNE God, Father, Son and Holy Spirit, we are the stewards and must take OUR responsibility as followers seriously. In 2017 we as a congregation will focus on being good stewards with our TIME in serving God, the church and the community. The session decided that we will start with TIME because we need more people/volunteers to come forward and give of their TIME to help in the life of our congregation. We need more able hands and feet to help carry the load.
I would like to end my letter with a prayer:
Lord, as we ponder upon our responsibilities to be good stewards,
help us to be enthusiastic, positive, proactive and practical
as we are rethinking our own stewardship with regards to our
TIME serving you, your Church and our community.
Help us Lord in this new Year to walk in Your ways,
To be obedient when you call us, and to be full of love when we are challenged.
All my best wishes,
Rev Dr André J Groenewald (Minister)