In the congregation where I worship, it is not unusual for a six-year-old to read Scripture or receive the offering. It is not unusual for a layperson in the congregation to bring the message of the morning. We have high expectations
of one another.
As we read the Gospels today, they remind us of how much we can do when we are faithful stewards of what God has given us. We often think we are capable of less than we are. We often think that others are capable of less than they are. We usually think of the parable of the talents as about money. But it is really about much more. It is about the varied gifts God has given to all of us and how they can multiply when we put them to work.
So much of Jesus’ words and his life with his closest followers is about reminding them of how much they can do, and how much they can be used by God in continuing the work of Jesus in bringing God’s healing and reconciling touch, when they are faithful stewards of what God has given them.
This stewardship story is from the "Found Faithful" resources published by the Ecumenical Stewardship Center, which include volume 15 of the Giving: Growing Joyful Stewards in Your Congregation magazine, theme materials, and digital Companion Resource. Use them to create a congregational stewardship emphasis on "Found Faithful", based on 1 Corinthians 4:1-2.
The Ecumenical Stewardship Center offers congregational stewardship resources featuring 16 different, timeless biblical themes. Peruse them all and place an order in the ESC web store.