It’s tempting to treat stewardship emphasis as though the goal is to raise as much money as possible. That’s the goal of fund drives, not stewardship. Stewardship Sunday, like every other Sunday, is about honoring God and helping disciples be better disciples, which includes being better stewards of all God has given us.
In his teaching that we’re focused on these weeks, Jesus says, “Where your treasure is, there will your heart be also” (Matthew 6:21, Luke 12:34). Jesus is telling us that there’s a relationship between our treasure and our hearts; between stewardship and discipleship. More important than raising as much money as possible is raising the best disciples as possible and that demands intentionality on everyone’s part.
Disciples are called to be intentional about where we put our treasure because that’s where our hearts will follow.
As the stewardship packets are making their way to you this week, please think about where you want your heart to be. Please pray about who you want to become. Make an assessment of where you are as one of Jesus’ disciples, where you want to get to as one of his disciples, and consider how giving your time, talent, and treasure will help you move in that direction.
For your sake and for the sake of the ministries at Central, I hope you’ll make a meaningful investment of your time, talent, and treasure here so that your heart will follow.