Stewardship & Generosity
The Merriam-Webster online dictionary defines stewardship as: “the conducting, supervising, or managing of something, especially: the careful and responsible management of something entrusted to one’s care..” Christian stewardship is based on the belief that everything we have is from God. We have been entrusted to manage our gifts and our resources wisely by generously sharing them with all of God’s children.
“Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”
1 Corinthians 4:2.
Generosity is defined as “readiness or willingness to give.” No one embodied the willingness to give more than our Methodist founder, John Wesley. He lived modestly and gave generously. He made sure that the early groups of Methodists understood the importance of generosity and helping those in need. In his sermon, “The Use of Money,” he encouraged his followers to “..employ whatever God has entrusted you with, in doing good, all possible good, in every possible kind and degree to the household of faith, to all humankind!”
“Freely you have received, freely give.”