Stewardship Sunday, November 22, is fast approaching. Have you taken the time to pray for guidance as to what your share of your monetary goods should be given for the work of the Lord? I am sure you have all heard the saying of “freely you have been given, freely you should give.” We all need to remember that we are already rich in good works, generous, and ready to share. Therefore, we can let go of the uncertainty of living based on our financial lacks and commit ourselves to God who has given us the grace to “Live Free.”
As I have said before, the congregation of First Baptist Church of Palo Alto is very giving, as evidenced by the amount of monies given for the chosen monthly missions.
Now we must also think about our yearly budget. Our expectations for the growth of our member numbers will also require that we all must share our time, talents, and monies to this endeavor for it to be successful.
In a book on stewardship, a few questions are asked for our consideration:
- Who is the most generous person you know? This person would be one who helps others, gives their time to encourage relationships, gives money to meet people’s needs, shares things with others, etc.
- Has this faith community been helpful to you in reducing your stress over money issues?
- In your experience, who showed you that life is more than just survival or amassing money?
- When have you received benefits from someone else’s good works? How did it make you feel? Did it change your life in any way?
Will these questions help you decide what will make you grow as generous givers to God’s work? All these questions are asked to help you overcome the anxiety of life in these uncertain times, so you can “Live Free” in God’s grace.
Laura Garcia, Stewardship Chairman