June 7, 2018

Pastor Dylan’s sermon focus was: “To truly worship God means being a good steward of what He has entrusted us with time, talents and treasures.”

Growing up in church, I always heard that we should be “good stewards.” Usually, this was included in sermons about tithing. I didn’t really understand what stewardship meant, but I guessed it meant something like creating a budget and making sure you included tithing in the monthly budget. Pastor Dylan’s sermon reframed my concept of tithing by looking at it more as stewardship.

To “steward” means to be a manager of a household.

“We are not the owners of anything we ‘own’ – we are the managers of what God owns. Once we understand that, we will be more in line with God’s will. We have to understand what it means to worship God with our time, talents, and treasure. If we are not worshiping God, then we are worshiping the created, not the Creator.” It’s like a company – there is an owner, or a CEO, followed by managers, sometimes multiple managers supervising various aspects of the company.

My entire existence, every part of who I am, was made to worship God. Sometimes I feel like don’t have ownership of my money, time, body, or talents (which is fitting because as stated before, it’s all God’s anyway). Perhaps if I am feeling that way, I am forgetting that God does need me. I know I don’t fill a role that He can’t fill Himself; but He created me because He wants relationship with me. And because of that relationship, it should bring me joy to carry my cross and worship Him every day, in everything I do.

Another misconception of worship is it only happens on Sunday mornings while singing songs and lifting hands. However, that is not the true definition of worship. Worship is obeying God daily and doing what He leads me to do. Praise is the expression of thanks and honor for what He has done for me – it’s what I do when I lift my hands because I just can’t keep it in any longer!

Creating a budget and being careful of how I spend my money falls under the category of “good stewardship.” Additionally, making wise decisions about how I spend my time, and how mindful I am of letting the Lord lead me to use my time, talents and treasures.

“Let all that I am praise the LORD; with my whole heart, I will praise his holy name. Let all that I am praise the LORD; may I never forget the good things he does for me.” – Psalm 103:1-2

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Austyn McAnarney

Austyn is a literature and creative writing student at Missouri State. If she’s not chasing her toddler around, you can find her with a good book and something warm to drink.

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