19 Sep Stewardship Thoughts
God bids us to be faithful in the tasks He calls us to do. He calls us to be members of a family, society, and of His family, the Church. Each of these callings from God places a duty on us.
Fathers and mothers are to raise their children in admonition of the Lord, teaching them the Ten Commandments, the Creed, the Lord’s Prayer, and the Scriptures concerning Baptism, Confession, and the Lord’s Supper. Children are to honor their parents through out their lives, serving and obeying them, loving and cherishing them, and speaking well of them.
As members of society, God calls those who govern to bear the sword, that is, to punish those who live contrary to God’s will, and to reward those whose lives conform with God’s will. Those who are governed are to obey their leaders as the leaders bear the sword of God’s temporal justice for a purpose.
As members of God’s own family, the Church, He calls those who preach and teach the Law of God. They are to convict the hearers of their sin and to encourage and exhort them to do God’s will. They are to teach the Gospel, and the full forgiveness of their sins accomplished by Christ and received through faith, not works.
So, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might” (Eccl 9:10).
Pray for your family, Church and government. Give yourself by means of your time, talents and treasures to your family, Church and government. That is what it means to be faithful in the tasks God has given us.
Adapted from the LCMS website