Over the door of a chapel near where I went to school, an artist had created a beautiful human form, reaching up to the sky. Below the outreached arms, the verse, “Lord, what are human beings that you are mindful of them, mortals that you care for them?” (Psalm 8:4)
John Wesley answered that question with an insight of his own: “When the Possessor of heaven and earth made you and put you on this earth, He did not put you here as a possessor but as a steward.”
We are here on earth to steward God’s grace and God’s creation. To be a steward of grace is a wonderful definition of what a church is called to be.
God has given us an incredible compliment to trust us with so much! What a wonderful affirmation of us and what a wonderful challenge. (You can read the rest of Psalm 8 to get the full measure of that divine confidence and that Godly challenge.)
May all we do and all we offer the church serve to make us stewards, stewards of God and God’s grace. That stewardship extends to the ways in which we welcome others, use our heritage, debate the issues of the day, and use our own resources generously.
I pray for you as you live out your stewardship.
Please pray for me.
Grace and peace,
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