Stewarding Faithfully What We Possess
In the gospels, Jesus talks openly about money and possessions. He challenges listeners with imperatives that invite them into freedom from fear and bondage. Jesus commands us to put God and his kingdom first, to give generously and to manage our resources responsibly. It is not easy to be faithful stewards in a world stricken with need and poverty, but as we grow in obedience in the service of all, we participate in kingdom work that is so deeply needed.
Over the next week, we invite you to sit down with your small group, a friend, family member, or soul-mate, and discuss (or if you are alone, journal about) the following:
1. Describe your most precious possession.
2. What has been your happiest and saddest experience with money?
3. Why do you think it is so difficult to put God first in our lives?
4. What kind of feelings do you experience when you think about generous giving?
5. Describe one practical step that would enable you to become a more faithful steward.
Holy Experiment: Pledging to Tithe
Kneel before a cross. Consider for a few moments all that the self-giving God has done for you in the crucified Christ. Ask the Holy Spirit to help you discern what it means, in loving gratitude for the incomparable gift of Christ, to give proportionately of your income to the work of the kingdom. As Elizabeth O’Connor writes: “None of us has to be an accountant to know what 10% of a gross income is, but each of us has to be a person on his/her knees before God if we are to understand our commitment to proportionate giving.”
Write down the figure that emerges. Imagine yourself giving this amount away. Pay attention to the thoughts and feelings that arise within you, and speak with God about them.