from the pastor

Looking Through God’s Eyes

The apostle Paul wrote, ”Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.” (II Corinthians 9:7) What would happen if we looked at stewardship not through the influence of today’s culture, but through God’s eyes?

Proportional giving and tithing (giving 10% of income) redirect people to look at their earning, saving, and spending through God’s eyes. It reminds us that our ultimate worth is derived from the assurance that we are children of God, created by God, and infinitely loved by God.

One hundred fifty years ago, if our great-grandparents were active in the faith, they probably tithed. Why were they able to tithe 150 years ago, but we have trouble doing it today? We struggle with tithing because our hearts and minds are more powerfully shaped by our affluence. We may find it harder to give generously because our society’s materialistic values shape our perception more than the values of our faith.

Bishop Robert Schnase reminds us that what Christians earn belongs to God, and we should earn it honestly and in ways that serve purposes consistent with being followers of Christ. What Christians spend belongs to God, and we should use it wisely on things that enhance life. What we save belongs to God, and we should invest in ways that strengthen society. What Christians give belongs to God, and we need to give generously and conscientiously in ways that help others and that strengthen the body of Christ.

This is viewing stewardship from God’s perspective.