Baptismal gifts

Stewardship 2020

BibleIcon We were buried therefore with him by baptism into death, in order that, just as Christ was raised from the dead by the glory of the Father, we too might walk in newness of life. — Romans 6:4

Baptism is a tremendous stewardship concept. We often don’t tend to talk about it much, but our stewardship is driven by our baptismal identity. What makes this even more remarkable is that it takes us back to a point in time when our first parents were not faithful stewards.

Re-read Genesis 3. Bible scholars call this chapter, “The fall into sin.” Really, it is more like the first stewardship crisis. Adam and Eve were made for the purpose of stewarding the creation that God had spoken into existence. They didn’t own it. They were to serve God by serving as caretakers of creation. But in a beguiling blink of an eye, it all changed. They reached out and took — not just the fruit from the forbidden tree, but they attempted to steal God’s place. With this rebellion comes death.

Driven out of the garden, Adam and Eve were never relieved of their duties of stewardship. The work of stewardship would bring only death. That is until Christ came to do the work that we could never do. He was the perfect steward of God’s Word and will. His death on the cross and tomb-robbing resurrection changed everything!

Baptism restores our place. Death no longer can hold us. We have new life. This new life is manifest in our stewardship of all things! Our new baptismal life in Christ is a restoration in our stewardship! Baptized into Christ, we live like no one else. As baptized stewards, we then can give of ourselves freely because our ultimate fear, death, has been done away with!

As you remember your baptism today, remember its call and promise that you have been restored for His purposes as stewards of all things! This is both freeing and purposeful all at the same time!

PRAYER

Lord Jesus Christ, as a perfect steward of God’s Word and will, You have opened the door to a restoration of our relationship with the Father. This relationship of stewardship is the one for which we have been created. Grant us Your grace in Holy Baptism to live like redeemed stewards, free from fear and full of generous life for the sake of the Gospel. Amen.

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