Orthodox Christian Stewardship
Most often, we stress the importance of stewardship of the great gifts of God's material world, but which of God's gifts is greater than family?
Orthodox Christian Stewardship is:
- ...learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ’s Church; it is learning how to enjoy Church life and be happy in Church work, for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of God
- ...our active commitment to use all our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love.
- ...caring for the needs of others.
- ...offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us.
- ...what a person does after saying “I believe...”, as proof of that belief.
- ...devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as diocese/metropolis, as national Church and as Church universal.
Most often, we stress the importance of stewardship of the great gifts of God's material world, but which of God's gifts is greater than family? Stewardship is a way of life, which acknowledges accountability, reverence, and responsibility before God. A primary goal of Stewardship is to promote spiritual growth and strengthen faith. Becoming a Steward begins when we believe in God, to whom we give our love, loyalty and trust and act on those beliefs. As Stewards, we affirm that every aspect of our lives comes as a gift from Him. Stewardship calls on the faithful to cheerfully offer back to God a portion of the gifts with which they have been blessed.
Stewardship is giving back to God
"We thank you, our God, and praise your glorious Name ... for all things come from you and we have only given back what is yours already." (I Chronicles 29:13-14)
Give without show
"Let not your left hand know what your right hand is doing." (Matt. 6:3)
Give with regularity in proportion
"Upon the first day of the week let everyone of you lay by him in store, as God has prospered him." (I Corinthians 16:2)
"He who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and he who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully." (II Corinthians 9:6)
"Let everyone give as his heart tells him, neither grudgingly, nor under compulsion, for God loves the man that gives cheerfully." (II Corinthians 9:7)
Giving our gifts with faith in Christ; giving regularly
St. Paul tells us, "On the first day of every week, each of you should set aside a sum of money in keeping with his income." (1 Corinthians 16:2)