Stewardship is receiving God's gifts gratefully, cherishing and tending them in a responsible and accountable manner, sharing them in justice and love with others, and returning them with increase to the Lord.
“To practice Christian stewardship, we must share with others, both people and institutions, by giving them our God-given time, talent and treasure as an act of thanks to God for all His gifts to us. Our parish—our local Christian community—provides one focal point where we can express our faith in worship and through acts of charity.
The parish is more than just a church building or a geographic boundary. It is a community of faith and action, where we can see the face of Jesus in the face of a neighbor. That neighbor might be a toddler or a senior citizen, an immigrant or a fifth-generation Canadian, a pre-schooler learning to count or an adult learning to read.” Regardless of age, gender, ethnicity, financial status, or education we are called as members of one Body of Christ to share what the Father has given us with those in need.
Just as the Apostles dropped their fishermen’s nets and followed Jesus 2000 years ago, so we are called to follow His example in today’s ever-changing world. Jesus was a person of faith and action and, as He indicates in Matthew 7:21, He expects the same of us: “None of those who cry out, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter the kingdom of God, but only the one who does the will of My Father in heaven.” Jesus made it clear in the Scriptures that being stewards of our time, talent and treasure is part of the will of His Father.
By addressing stewardship directly, He made it clear how He wants us to live. Stewardship is based on God’s Word, not on the fundraising needs of the Church. Stewardship is based on an individual’s need to give back out of gratitude, not on the Church’s need to receive. Stewardship is based on the premise that all that we have and all that we are comes from God and, as a way to thank Him for all His blessings, we are called to return a portion of the time, talent and treasure allotted to us.