By Rev. Judith VanOsdol, Director for Evangelical Mission
“…So it is with those who store up treasures for themselves but are not rich toward God.” Luke 12:21
Our relationship with money and “stuff” is deeply spiritual. The root of the word miserable is “miser”- one who is unable to give.
The rich man in Jesus’ parable of the “rich fool” (Luke 12: 13-21) speaks only to himself. He has no one with whom to share his own thoughts, not even God, showing a real poverty of relationships. His solution to having “too much stuff” was to tear down his barns to build bigger ones, forgetting that all things, including his own life, belong to God. The parable could’ve ended differently had he prayed: “Hey God, I have a bumper crop this year; do you have any hungry folks around who need some food?”
It is often difficult for us to talk about our anxious and often addictive relationship with money and “stuff.” All that we have is God’s and as stewards of God’s possessions we are called to live out, “embody” fearless generosity. Stewardship is NOT fundraising, but calls us to examine the deeply spiritual aspect of our living and giving, our relationship with God, with one another, with God’s mission in the world and, yes, with God’s stuff!
We give thanks for generous givers who embody fearless generosity with faith grounded in Christ, pure gift of our extravagantly generous God. (Read the full article in this month’s Lutheran Magazine Synod Insert – page “B”.)
Our stewardship team would like to know whether any of the many materials that have been sent to congregations were useful and/or helpful. Can you please take a minute to answer a few questions regarding your congregation’s use of some of these stewardship materials? Thank you!