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To live as a Christian steward is an expression of mature discipleship. It is a conscious, firm decision to respond to the call to follow Jesus and to imitate His way of life. Stewardship can never be reduced to habits of giving or volunteerism. Because it is rooted in discipleship, stewardship permeates all aspects of Christian life.
Discipleship and stewardship are the fabric of Christian life in which each day is lived in an intimate, personal relationship with the Lord. This Christ-centered way of living has its beginning in baptism, the sacrament of faith. This way of life embodies and expresses the one mission of Christ: to do God’s will, to proclaim the Good News of salvation, to heal the afflicted, to care for one’s sisters and brothers, to give life - life to the fullest- as Jesus did.
Following Jesus is the work of a lifetime. With every step one is challenged to go further in accepting and living God’s will. Being a disciple is not just something else to do alongside many other things suitable for Christians, it is a total way of life that requires continuing conversion. This conversion is the result of our total self, being focused on God as the Creator and giver of all good gifts, the greatest of which is Jesus Christ.
The Christian steward is one who receives God’s gifts gratefully, cherishes and tends them in a responsible and accountable manner, shares them in justice and love with all, and returns them with increase to the Lord.
Christian stewardship provides a spirituality that a lay person can take home from church, exercise at work, and express through involvement in the community and the parish. Christian stewardship applies to everything – personal talents, abilities, and wealth; the local, national, and world-wide environment; all human and natural resources; the economic order; governmental affairs; and even outer space.
A commitment to stewardship changes the way we live. It is a practical, but profound response to the counter-cultural challenge of the Gospel to follow Jesus regardless of the cost. As baptized Christians, we are obliged to be stewards of the Church - collaborators and cooperators in continuing the redemptive work of Jesus Christ, which is the Church’s essential mission. This mission, proclaiming, teaching, serving and sanctifying, is our task. It is the personal responsibility of each of us as stewards of the
What is Your Gift?
We need to consider if we are using the gifts God has given us in a way that pleases and honors him. This is a hard question to ask if you don't know what God has gifted you to do. If you are uncertain about what the Lord has called you to do ask him to show you! In James 1:5 we're told that if we lack wisdom, we should ask God, and it will be given to us.
If you know what your gifts are, you need to ask yourself if you are using the gifts God has given you, or if the gifts he's given you are wasting away. Are you, by chance, withholding something that could be a blessing to others in the body of Christ?
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