C. S. Lewis in Mere Christianity, one of the best known apologetic books, says that
Every faculty you have, your power of thinking or of moving your limbs from moment to moment, is given you by God. If you devoted every moment of your whole life exclusively to His service, you could not give Him anything that was not in a sense His own already.
For many Christians today, the idea of stewardship is only associated with sermons they have heard about church budgets and building programmes. This is a very narrow view.
What is stewardship, biblically speaking?
Bill Peel (thehighcalling.org) describes stewardship as “an expression of our obedience regarding the administration of everything God has placed under our control, which is all-encompassing. Stewardship is the commitment of one’s self and possessions to God’s service, recognizing that we do not have the right of control over our property or ourselves.”
Deuteronomy 8:18 confirms this: “You shall remember the LORD your God, for it is He who gives you power to get wealth, that He may confirm his covenant that He swore to your fathers, as it is this day.”
The church’s Annual Congregational Meeting held today is to give an account of what was done by you and for you by the church leadership. God owns everything, we are simply managers or administrators acting on His behalf. This is the fundamental principle of biblical stewardship. It is the church’s and its members' responsibility to give and to receive this public accounting.
While God gives us “all things richly to enjoy,” nothing, in fact, is ours. We are responsible for how we treat it and what we do with it. As His stewards, we are responsible to manage His holdings well and according to His desires and purposes.
Like the servants in the Parable of the Talents, we will be called to give an account of how we have administered everything we have been given, including our time, money, abilities, information, wisdom, relationships, and authority.
I commend this idea to you as you receive the report annual congregational meeting and vote for our leaders, and approve the proposed 2019 budget.
Sincerely in Christ,
Pastor Robert Chew
280419 ACM 2019