Stewardship is one of the nine processes FBC Lawton has embraced and when the word comes up it is often associated with sermons on tithing, calls for more money from the Budget & Finance Committee, or in the approving of annual church budgets. However, have you ever given much thought to what stewardship actually means? Psalm 24:1 says “The earth and everything in it exists for the Lord” which means God owns everything while retaining the rights of ownership and that we, as Christians, have the responsibility to manage and tend to those things for which we have temporary possession here on earth. A steward is one who manages the possessions of another. Acts of stewardship extend beyond monetary resources, but also to the wise use of our gifts, talents, wisdom, relationships, time, and information that God has entrusted to our care.
As we begin to think about end of year things and finishing strong from a financial perspective at FBC Lawton let me encourage you to self-assess your stewardship relative to your finances and your commitment to supporting the Kingdom’s work. If your self-evaluation indicates you are not where you should be, then step up and ensure you are being the good steward that God directs His children to be. In Col. 3:23-24 Paul writes “Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as a reward. It is the Lord Christ you are serving.” One day each steward will be called to give an account for how they have managed what God has given them.