SEIZE THE DAY! Making the Most of our Time with Wise Stewardship

God made it all and God owns it all.

The earth is the Lord’s and all that is in it, the world, and those who live in it;

for he has founded it on the seas, and established it on the rivers.

Psalm 24: 1 – 3

We look at a house and we ask, “Who owns that house?” We see a new car parked in a driveway and we ask, “Whose car is that?” When someone buys a new house and takes out a mortgage, he or she will often joke, “The bank and I own this house.”

The language we use leads us to believe that we are the ultimate owners of the things that are in our control. The world in which we live functions on the assumption that we own the things that are “ours.”

The psalmist says, “No. God made it all and God owns it all.” This radical claim is the starting point of all the Bible has to say about the world in which we live.

Since God is the owner of all that is, and since God is the source of all the abilities and resources that allow me to live a more than comfortable life, then there is

no room left for me to imagine that I am the source of my good life. God is.

The proper response to the blessings of this life is not to pat myself on the back and try to Sind a way to get more stuff. The proper response is to give God the glory and the thanks and to ask some serious questions about how I am called to use what God has entrusted to me.

At Good Shepherd, we want to be a gathering place where we can talk about how to be wise about what has been entrusted to our care. Your stewardship team hopes you will be part of this conversation!

Stewardship team meets on Wednesday, September 19 at 6:30 p.m. Please let Dick Smith, Pastor Linda, Tracy Shelby or Izabelle Woods know if you would like to attend. 831-484-2153.

Resource: Charles Lane. Ask, Thank, Tell