Stewardship of Life
Each of you should give what you have decided in your heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. And God is able to bless you abundantly, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work. – II Corinthians 9:7-8
I love giving gifts to people. It’s a joy to put the items together and think about how this object might make a difference in their life. It makes me cheerful to share something special with another person. That’s how God wants us to feel about giving to the church and to the mission agencies we support. To be a “cheerful giver”, like Paul says in II Corinthians 9, means taking joy in sharing our resources.
Talking about money is difficult. It’s not something we really look forward to when it’s time for the stewardship drive. But it doesn’t have to be something we address reluctantly, or through guilt. It is an opportunity to invest in God’s work. Everything we have and everything we are, they are all gifts from God. How we use them, is our gift back to God. It’s about the Stewardship of Life. Do we just preserve the things we have in order to keep them safe, or do we USE them? Just as God desires us to use our spiritual gifts to God’s glory, God provides opportunity for us to use our physical and financial gifts to God’s glory as well.
When we invest in the ministries of our church, we are investing in the work of the Kingdom of God. It’s worth the investment. Your pledge to our general fund budget for 2021 will enable the church to care for our members by continuing to provide meaningful worship both in person and online. Our reach has extended farther than our geographic area through our online and Facebook ministries. Our Children’s Ministry videos and resources have benefitted churches all over our Presbytery and beyond. Our Mission Partners have continued to be blessed with gifts and support during this extremely difficult time of Covid closures and separation. Our Deacons have been creative in finding ways to care for the hungry and the hurting in our community through local agencies and partnerships.
As you consider your pledge to the work of God at KFPC, may you find joy in the process and truly be a cheerful giver!
Triune God, help us care for those who are in need:
for those who are alone this day,
for those who lack the resources to care for their family,
for those who see no way out of the graves that surround them,
for those who want nothing more than a word of welcome, and for those who need the gospel to sustain them for the coming week. God of Welcome and Wonder, help us draw the welcome circle wider. Amen