In 2 Corinthians 8:9, Paul discusses the effect the gospel should have on the way Christians understand wealth:
“For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that you through his poverty might become rich.”
Seeing Christ's sacrificial love for us, that he gave up everything so that we could inherit the riches of heaven, helps us develop a healthy attitude toward our material possessions and become people who are both generous and joyful.
Understanding the riches we have already received in Christ not only liberates us from excessive concern over our wealth, talents and time, but also motivates us to invest them in the eternal kingdom of God.
A steward is a person who has been entrusted with another’s resources and who seeks to manage those resources according to the owner’s vision and values.
The gospel calls us to recognize that everything we have is a gift from God — and that those gifts are to be used for his glory and to further his kingdom. Scripture even calls Christians caretakers of God’s gifts and truth (1 Peter 4:10; 1 Corinthians 4:1).
We at St Michael's recognize that in addition to acting as responsible stewards of our talents and skills, we must also be stewards of our possessions and finances.