32 “Now I commit you to God and to the word of his grace, which can build you up and give you an inheritance among all those who are sanctified. 33 I have not coveted anyone’s silver or gold or clothing. 34 You yourselves know that these hands of mine have supplied my own needs and the needs of my companions. 35 In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
Too often the conversation on stewardship is about the church’s needs rather than the needs of the individual giver. It’s important to realize the church exists, not as an institution, denomination, or building, but as a community of people. We are the church, and the church’s needs are our needs. We give so we can meet our needs. It is truly more blessed to give than receive. Let’s remember this important point as we continue in our stewardship season.
Please read and think about each question as it applies to your Christian journey with Christ.
- How do you think about the stewardship of the church? What do you think about the connection between the church’s needs and your own?
- What are some ways we might be “holding back” in our giving this year? What are some ways we can grow in our understanding of meeting the church’s (the community of God’s) needs?
Lord, show us what it means to be blessed through our giving. Let us be more generous for your kingdom and your work. Help us to be the hands that give and help. Amen.