This Sunday will be our Consecration Sunday. We will commit our pledges to the Lord (time, talents, and treasures). Last year it was very emotional for me to see everyone come forward with their pledges. It not only indicated their own desire to grow in their sanctified living, but also showed that this was their church. That moment was one of the first times I realized that everyone in the room wanted to be part of this and that indicates the Holy Spirit doing some great stuff.
May we see stewardship as the free and joyous activity of a child of God. Not budgets, not keeping an institution going, but growing in faith and particpating in the kingdom of God.