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Giving sacrificially according to our means

How ironic that a band named ABBA sang “Money, Money, Money … it’s a rich man’s world.” God, our true Abba Father, tells us thru scripture that even the poorest of the poor can be a good steward and inherit the kingdom of God. The mark of a good steward is all about what we do with the money we have. What was Jesus’ reaction in St. Luke’s Gospel to a meager gift of two small coins:
“He said, ‘I tell you truly, this poor widow put in more than all the rest; for those others have all made offerings from their surplus wealth, but she, from her poverty, has offered her whole livelihood.’ ” Luke 21:3-4
The first thing we must understand and embrace as a Christian Steward is that everything we have is a gift to us by our gracious and loving God. Giving proportionately isn’t about giving a certain amount, but rather, giving sacrificially according to our means.
Stewardship is like a three-pronged stool: time, talent and treasure. To be a good steward we are called to do all three. We are called to spend time with God in prayer, share our gifts of talent in service and give proportionately of our treasure. Giving time and talent does not excuse us from giving treasure. Throughout the Gospels, Jesus challenged us to give as it has been given to us. In St. Matthew’s Gospel, Jesus commissioned His apostles to proclaim, “…Without cost you have received, without cost you are to give.” Matthew 10:8
We have each been blessed with varying levels of financial blessings. However, we are all called to give generously in proportion to our blessings. Giving proportionately isn’t about giving a certain amount, but rather, giving sacrificially according to our means. God isn’t asking us to give or do any more than He has given or done for us. After all, He gave us His only Son for our eternal salvation so we can inherit the Kingdom of God. When we look at it that way, we are all rich with God’s love and generosity.
­­— Shannon Roh is the Executive Director of the Office of Development and Stewardship for the Archdiocese of Mobile.

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