We are in the middle of our stewardship campaign, and some of these questions may have popped up in your mind:
Why are we asked to give money to the church?
What do I get in return for my money?
So, how much do I really need to give?
It has taken me a while to answer these questions for myself. As I was struggling with these questions — and very limited cash — one of the most helpful Bible texts for me turned out to be: “Give to Caesar what belongs to Caesar and to God what belongs to God.” (Matthew 22:21).
Based on this insight from Scripture, I decided that if only I could figure out what belongs to whom, then I would know how much I’m supposed to give — and what’s it for. So, I did what I do best. I dug into the Bible and history to find the answers. What came out of my search was not at all what I expected.
As much as I love working on our color-coded budget spreadsheet and calculating our payments and balances (And oh, I really do love this stuff!), the Scripture revealed to me that stewardship is not so much about dollar amounts.
What I discovered is that our God is a God of relationships — not transactions — and that all this time I have been asking the wrong questions!
Be sure to join us in The Gathering this Sunday at 9:30 or 11:00 am in Wesley Hall as we talk about money, faith, and what Jesus is telling us today about our giving and receiving.
Dr. Zhenya Gurina-Rodriguez
Associate Pastor of Grace Groups & Discipleship