On Sunday, October 14th, we examined the story of the rich man who wanted to inherit eternal life and talked about how giving generously helps us hold on to what is real—the Kingdom of God in our midst. The idea behind that passage is that our generosity is essential to our growth as Christian disciples. Let that sink in for a moment! There is a direct connection between our generosity and our spiritual growth.
Most of us, at one point or another, have confused stewardship with the church’s need to receive. The reality is that stewardship is about directing our time, talent, and treasure toward God’s purposes as a personal response to God’s goodness. As we grow in generosity, we grow in faith. This is the essence of what Jesus means in Matthew 6:21 when he says, “where you treasure is, there your heart will be also.” There is a direct relationship between where our money goes and how our hearts grow.
Over the next couple of weeks, we will continue to examine this theme of growing our hearts for God through generous living. It is an important conversation and one that has inspired, challenged (and terrified) me over the years. It holds the key for understanding what God wants us to do with the blessings we have received, and how we can participate in God’s work right here and right now. And it starts with the biblical principle that growing our hearts begins with where we put our treasure.
Please mark November 11 on your calendar, as that is when we will be celebrating Stewardship Commitment Sunday by offering our financial commitments during worship. This will be an opportunity to put Jesus’ teaching to the test and to demonstrate our gratitude for God’s abundant blessings. I’m looking forward to the next couple of weeks, and I hope you will join us in worship for these life-giving lessons. Together, and with the help of the Spirit, we can grow our hearts for God.