If I was at a Church function and had to clear people out fast because of some impending danger, I wouldn’t yell, "fire." I would yell, "stewardship." We don’t want to hear about it and we don’t want to talk about it. The word has become synonymous with "money," and "money" in the Church is a swearword.
Stewardship is not about getting people to give more to the budget. Stewardship is about how we use every resource that has been entrusted to us (personally and corporately). A resource can be money, but it is not just money. Stewardship is about how we use everything. And I mean everything.
Stewardship is about the Earth and how we use it. It’s about technology and how we use it. It’s about the Spirit and how her gifts are utilized.
Our sermon series, "Yes We Can," is a call to every member of our congregation to take responsibility for the resources entrusted to us. We can encourage one another on our journey of faith. It is so easy just to give up, to give into the temptation of greed, laziness and that the struggle just isn’t worth it. But, I believe that not only is the Church worth the effort so is each and every one of us.
Stewardship is not so much about the institution of the Church as it is about each of us as members of this, the Body of Christ. Stewardship is good for us. Sure, it benefits the thing we’re showing stewardship for, but it also benefits us, it builds our faith. A deepening sense of responsibility (of love) is the result of good stewardship.
So, when I yell, "stewardship" please don’t clear the building, but stop and think about how this community of faith has, despite our shortcomings, shown great care, love and honour for one another. We are worth it and "Yes We Can!"