Pastor Rodney Wilson from CRCC sent me this after Sunday's message on "Readying the Church through Stewardship":
So, we were talking about this Sunday, Bishop. We are stewards over God's commands, His words, our children, etc. We are stewards over every bit of knowledge He gives us. This is a pattern and it's everywhere in God's Word.
I was reading Judges 1 and 2 this morning. It's amazing that the children of Israel who entered the Promised Land were stewards over God's covenant (Joshua 24). But because they compromised on sin (Judges 1:27-34) and failed in their stewardship, "there arose another generation after them who did not know the Lord or the work that he had done for Israel" (Judges 2:10). THIS generation "did what was evil in the sight of the Lord and served Baals."
....all because of poor stewardship in a prior generation.
How we study God's word, train our children, shepherd our congregants, demonstrate holiness, and preach His word, WILL impact the next generation in some way. How great will it be for our great grandchildren to say that, "our great grand parents did what was RIGHT in the eyes of the Lord and their arose yet ANOTHER generation that knew the Lord..."
I agree totally Pastor. May the Lord help us see that our money, our children, our relationships, our preaching of the Gospel, or discipling of others, and even our very lives can rightly be viewed as a divine stewardship from Him. Viewing life that way can radically change how we spend our short time on this earth....