Most of us understand the idea of something being a nuisance. There are many things that I think the world could easily do without. Former President Bush once said he hated Brussels sprouts, but many people pointed out to him the sprout’s benefits. He said the benefits did not make them taste good to him. In deference to our former president, however, perhaps God has created everything for a purpose.
I would willingly, for example, at one time, have consigned all wasps to destruction. But a well-qualified writer in The New York Times newspaper once wrote, “Nine tenths of the activities of wasps are beneficial to the human community. From late spring to early autumn wasps seek out and destroy vast multitudes of caterpillars and grubs, which, if left unchecked, would destroy our crops, our vegetables, our orchards, and our trees.” I guess even those pesky wasps have a place in God’s creation!
We will soon begin our Stewardship campaign to underwrite our church’s budget for 2016. We will kick off—a month from now—on Sunday, 18 October 2015. Some see this as an intrusion on our church’s life. Yet, our budget is one of our best theological statements. It tells us what we value by putting a dollar amount on areas of ministry that seem important. Over the last several years we have sent to heaven many of our long-time and steadfast church members who helped us fund ministry in the heart of Arlington. It is now vital for us to step up today and continue their work who now “from their labors rest.”
The point of Christian stewardship is not to repay God what we owe God. The point of Christian stewardship is to share what God has given each of us with those with whom God wants us to share. When we share God’s bounty we live up to the promise of scripture. One such promise suggests that “We love because he first loved us” (1 John 4:19).