Pastor's Note - October 13
Fitting with Josh’s sermon from 1 Corinthians 12 on Sunday, 1 Peter 4:10 says; “As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace…” God gives gifts to all His children in Christ. And those gifts come with a responsibility of stewardship. I think that applies to money as well, as a gift that God gives, with the responsibility of stewarding it well, for the building up of others. This is why we are hosting an estate/will planning workshop on Saturday the 22nd. I know money can be an uncomfortable topic, and every time we bring it up, it can feel as if we are trying to sell something. I think that’s probably due to cultural conditioning. It seems we are always being asked for money. I know this from experience with the constant fundraisers at our kids’ school, and I am well aware of how often we present opportunities for giving at the church! Because of this, we can be skeptical of anything or anyone that wants to focus on our finances. But I would encourage you to attend that workshop if you haven’t thought about what will happen to your money and wealth after you pass. I say this because we have a responsibility to steward our finances faithfully, and we have the opportunity to direct our finances, and how they are used, even after we pass. There is a proverbial saying, loosely based on Proverbs 21:20, which says; “a fool and his money are soon parted.” That’s an encouragement toward wise stewardship. It’s also true that all people will soon part with their money, in that all will die and leave it behind. If you don’t currently have a plan for how your wealth will be directed, or you generally need some counsel on stewardship of wealth, then you may want to consider joining us on the 22nd! My hope and prayer is that this will be a great benefit to some of our members.