Gifts for the generations to come

Stewardship 2020

BibleIcon The Lord bless you from Zion! May you see the prosperity of Jerusalem all the days of your life! May you see your children’s children! Peace be upon Israel! — Psalm 128:5-6

Stewardship is a generational thing. Without fail, those who grasp and practice the depth and joy of faithful stewardship have almost always learned it, not from a book or seminar, but from the faithful example of those who paved the way before them. In many churches, the visible generosity of the sanctuary is a clear example. That God’s people would be willing to sacrifice for the sake of the joy of the Gospel being proclaimed to subsequent generations, even when they rest from their labors with Jesus is nothing short of remarkable!

We know peace with God because it was passed down to us from earlier generations. This puts our stewardship in a much clearer perspective. So often we have thought of stewardship considering what is needed for the here and now. But the blessing from God is generational. As the Lord allows us to see our children’s children, it gives us the opportunity as stewards of God’s grace to share the Gospel and its treasure with the generations that follow. This generational stewardship is really nothing other than sharing the peace that is ours in the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

As stewards we respond to God’s giving of simple gifts with joy. Joy like this is contagious! It is our goal to have it be catching from one generation to the next. How you respond today, both with the action of faithful stewardship as well as the depth of your generosity, is what causes this joy to spread. Knowing that we are sharing this simple gift is the greatest blessing!

PRAYER

Generous Lord, You have caused us to be heirs of the Gospel because of the generosity of the generations before us. We are grateful for these simple gifts. We pray that by Your Holy Spirit You would continue to spread the joy of this prosperity with the generations after us by leading us to be faithful stewards of these simple gifts today. Show Jesus to them through us now and even after we rest from our labors with You! Amen.

©2019 The Lutheran Church—Missouri Synod. Used with permission.

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