Stewardship

Needed more background info on stewardship for the FLL feature… and came across this booklet that talks about different aspects of stewardships:
 
"As each one has received a gift, use it to serve one another as good stewards of God’s varied grace." (1 Peter 4:10)
 
One dimension of stewardship is that of Talent. Stewardship of talent speaks directly to the differences between people. People are both born with and throughout life develop different abilities and capabilities. God recognizes this and expects that each person bring forth value from his or her life in proportion to what he or she has been given to work with. God recognizes that we aren’t all equal in talent, so God doesn’t require equal results.
What God requires is equal effort in the use of our talents. There is a quote that fits this situation well: “My life is God’s gift to me. What I do with it is my gift to God.” In exercising our talents we increase them and in increasing them we enhance the lives of those around us. This is the important point: We exercise our talents not for ourselves, but for others. It is in this exercise of talents for others that we receive benefit ourselves from our talents.
 
A second and equally important dimension of stewardship is the stewardship of Time. We each have an unknown amount of time that is given to us. The Christian steward is aware of the importance of time and uses it wisely and with care in the service of God. For the Christian, there is no such thing as "killing time". Time is a gift that has to be used wisely.
 
A third dimension of stewardship is Treasure or Financial Stewardship. This focus is warranted because of the importance that our culture places on money and that our Lord Himself placed on money. Jesus knew, as do we, that what we do with our money reflects our priorities and commitments. For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also. (Matthew 6:21)
 
And so, considering the important place that money plays in our lives and in Scripture, it is only right that we should give appropriate attention to financial stewardship. It is important to remember, however, that stewardship has to do with all of life, not just money.
 
SOME PRACTICAL GUIDELINES FOR GIVING TIME, TALENT & TREASURE
 
1. Give in response to God’s grace, not to earn God’s grace.
2. Giving is a symbolic act of worship that expresses the giving of our whole self.
3. Give intentionally and of your own free will.
4. Give the “first fruits” not the “leftovers” of your income. <- not sure why they refer to income only
5. Give regularly.
6. Give proportionally.
7. Give cheerfully.
 
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