STEWARDSHIP - LORD TRANSFORM ME
15 01, 16 10:22 Filed in: Stewardship
|STEWARDSHIP - LORD TRANSFORM ME|
Pastor Eric Clarke, Stewardship Director
True stewardship is the continual preparation for heaven and kingdom living. Stewardship is not something that happens when the offering plate passes us, but it is a way of life, which happens more away from church than during a church service (2-3 hours per week).
In getting people ready for kingdom living, we realize that God has given us the power of choice to show how much we love Him. Stewardship is the response of love to a God, who gives everything for mankind’s salvation.
During 2016, the church will be saturated with the theme,
“Lord Transform Me.”
We would like each member and follower to appreciate the individual prayer and commitment to be transformed by the Lord. We also have a duty to the body of believers and the community. When the Lord transforms, church members demonstrate more to each other and to the community that they truly care.
We also have a responsibility to ensure that those who live in our dwelling homes are faithful. No, you can’t force them but by example and encouragement, they should be aware of the joys and blessings of faithfulness.
Often, we evaluate our faithfulness based on our return of tithes and offerings. In reality, we have to be faithful in
that we have, meaning the 100% and not just the portion given in tithes and offerings.
The church also has a
responsibility in assisting the members
in the management of all that God has blessed them with. They are to increase their talents for the benefit of advancing the kingdom of God.
“Many poor families are poor because
they spend their money as soon as they receive it
.” Counsels on Stewardship, p 269.
Proverbs 13:11B “whoever gathers money little by little makes it grow.”
The church limits its financial resources when it does not
train its members to be faithful stewards of the total 100%.
Deuteronomy 8:18: But remember the Lord your God, for it is He who gives you the power to get wealth.
I take this opportunity
to thank the membership of God’s remnant church
for their faithfulness and commitment to the cause of God.
goal of each steward is his or her soul salvation
and the salvation of as many. The steward manages his Lord’s property so that gain, benefit and increase may be achieved.
The returning of tithes and the giving of offerings must never be an addendum or an appendix. The giving back to God speaks to our spiritual connection and relationship with God. If we properly understood that God has given to us everything that we have, we would be totally transformed and would want to give all in our power to the advancement of God’s work and Jesus soon coming. This is the real meaning of ‘God is love.’ “Lord I love You and I want you to transform me. I am Your steward.”