Living As A Steward - Redemption & Stewardship
Jesus’ disciples share in His priestly work, called to offer up the world and all that is in it – especially themselves – to the Lord of all. In exercising this office, they must fully realize the meaning of our Christian Stewardship, “Now I rejoice in what I am giving up for your sake, and in my flesh I am filling up what is lacking in the afflictions of Christ on behalf of His body, which is the church” (Col:1:24). All of us are Stewards – Christ just asks us to examine to what extent are we practicing Stewardship? One reason for our practice of Stewardship is to help bring about redemption – not just ours, but the rest of the world too. The Stewardship to help bring about redemption, can often be through the use of our time, including setting aside time for prayer, scripture reading, adoration and worship. But it can also be though our suffering. We will never understand why we suffer, but our Stewardship means that we try to find Christ even in pain, deprivation and loss. The knowledge that we will never completely understand it, but that we will strive toward that understanding anyway, reminds us again that Stewardship is also a journey we must continue to make even though we will never get to the end. Knowing what we believe and why, then prompts us to live out our faith spiritually in the world today. At times the cost involved in doing this is high. But we are asked to pay that price in trying to incarnate the values of the Gospel and the teachings of the church today.