Each Sunday in October we have had “Stewardship talks” during worship. Yesterday, Matt Turner gave an inspiring talk using a unique definition for stewardship. “Stewardship is organizing your life so God can spend you.”
I was so intrigued by this that I went online to see if I could find out more information. I believe the quote comes from Crown Financial Ministries. The full quote says: “Stewardship is not ordering your finances in a way that you can spend whatever you want. It’s ordering your life in such a way that God can spend you however God wants”
We often talk of God “using” us for divine purposes, but I have never heard someone say God SPENDS us. So I looked up the definition of spend . . . to use up, to pay out, to expend. It makes me wonder—is God getting his money’s worth out of me?
God has invested so much in each of us. We are the recipients of God’s grace and we enjoy so many advantages in life. Who among us is not blessed? So, as we reflect on what we have received and what we have given—how do we measure up?
I could quote Luke 12:48, “to whom much is given, much is required, to whom much has been entrusted, much MORE will be asked,” but this congregation already knows that.
This coming Sunday is Stewardship Dedication Sunday, so as you reflect on your pledge for 2020, ask how God will “spend” you next year.
Grace and peace,