28 Aug Stewardship Thoughts
Winston Churchill reportedly said that “we make a living by what we get, but we make a life by what we give.” Our Lord’s life is defined in this way. He gave completely of Himself for us, became man for us, taught the truth of God’s Word, healed those with many and various diseases, and He died the death that we deserve because of sin. By giving completely of Himself, He made us citizens of His eternal kingdom by grace.
As it was for Jesus, so it is also for us. We get more from giving than we do from simply getting. For when we are singularly focused on making a living, we are singularly focused on what we get. That mindset shifts our focus from asking the question – how can I be a friend, family member, neighbor, and servant to others – to asking the question – what have they done for me lately. We become more selfish instead of selfless.
But when we give, we do not have less, we have more because when we give we join in the bond of friendship and family, the bond of service to those around us out of love for them. And love is the fulfillment of the Law. It is the nature of God Himself, for God is Love. Thus we are reflecting the diving nature.
As Jesus said, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”
Adapted from the LCMS website.