This week we complete our IMAGINE stewardship campaign by making our pledges of financial support for the ministries of our church in the upcoming year. “Stewardship” is a biblical theme referencing how we care that which is under our control but ultimately belongs to God.
We steward our children, our property, and this planet. We also steward our finances, and this week I want us to learn from one of Jesus’ most interesting and complex parables that focuses entirely on how we use money.
I want to be clear: money is a good thing! As John Wesley (the founder of Methodism) said, “money is an excellent gift from God. In the hands of God’s children, money is food for the hungry, drink for the thirsty, and clothing for the naked … therefore, it ranks among our highest concerns that all who [love] God know how to use this valuable gift.”
Money may seem complicated, but it’s not — we just need to learn how to use it. Because it’s important for us to know how to use the valuable, God-given gift of money, we will spend our time in the Gathering focusing on the three simple rules that form the framework for using money in the way that God intends.
Setting our hearts and minds right towards money is one of the biggest possible blessings in our lives, our careers, our marriages, and our families. I hope to see you in The Gathering on Sunday!
God bless y’all,
Rev. Lance Marshall
Senior Associate Pastor