The Divine Mystery exists in each of us. We are Stewards of that Mystery.
When the word “Stewardship” is mentioned around churches this time of year, people often cringe.
It’s a fancy term for ‘money grab’. It’s boring. Do we have to do this?
I understand. Most of us have had at least fleeting thoughts like that this time of year. The truth is, of course, that the topic of Stewardship is about so much more than money. It’s about how we open ourselves to the Divine Mystery existing in each of us.
Over the next four weeks, I will be writing a daily meditation about stewardship. My intent is simple: I want us to re-imagine what we think of when we hear that word. I want that word to fit seamlessly into the rest of our lives. I want the term to be helpful. I want us to re-imagine not only what Stewardship means, but what our Life in God means. And how much more it can mean.
So: the first thing. Stewardship simply means manager. The simple, and profound, idea is that the Divine Mystery of God is inside each of us. We get to choose what we will do about that. God’s immeasurable love for us is such that God gives us the freedom to decide what we will do with this gift we call life. God hints, calls, screams through the prophets, whispers in the silence, rises in Jesus, forgives those who hurt Him, and walks alongside us at every moment. The one thing God does not do is compel us. We are free.
Stewardship is about money, and it is about everything else. Everything. Stewardship is about the action we take and the thoughts we think when we say, “I believe in One God….”
On the day we meet face to face, I doubt God will ask us, “What kind of steward were you?” I’m not sure God speaks that way. I am sure that God will want to know how we have shared with others what God has shared with us; how we have used it to spread the Kingdom; how we have responded to each other, especially those who have hurt us or who we see as different from ourselves.
I’m also certain of this: we treat others, friends, enemies, and everyone in between, in the same manner we believe we have been treated by God. If we see ourselves as blessed beyond measure, we extend that to those who cross our paths. If we have had a different experience, our actions reflect that, too.
I know what it’s like to feel loved by God, to feel blessed. I also know what it’s like to feel far away from God, disconnected, alone. So do you.
Our life at Christ Church, and these meditations, are offered to you as an aid as you work out your Life in God. In the weeks leading up to our Stewardship Dinner and Cornerstone Sunday, I will focus on how the Four Cornerstones — Worship, Seek, Serve, and Give, can serve as a foundation for you to deepen your relationship with God and the people in your life. I will focus on re-imagining the word Stewardship and how that work can help each of us re-imagine the presence of the Divine Mystery at our core.
Questions for the day
When I feel blessed by God, how do I express that? How do I act when I feel separated from God?