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Found Trustworthy - June 2017

 “Moreover, it is required of stewards that they be found trustworthy.” (1 Corinthians 4:2)

The Apostle Paul’s statement about stewardship is a definition. To be a steward means to have been given a trust.

It is amazing how much God is willing to entrust to mortals. We are entrusted with the well-being of God’s creation, with the mysteries of the Gospel, with spreading of the Gospel to all the nations of the Earth, and with the health of the Church. That’s a lot of trust.

What do we do to earn that trust? Nothing. As it is with the unmerited grace that is offered to us as disciples, so it is with the unmerited trust offered to us as stewards. We say, “Yes” to the invitation and then, if we follow the plan, we grow and mature in stewardship.

Jesus points the way to growth in stewardship by admonishing us to start small. “Whoever is faithful in a very little is faithful also in much; and whoever is dishonest in a very little is dishonest also in much. If then you have not been faithful with the dishonest wealth, who will entrust to you the true riches? And if you have not been faithful with what belongs to another, who will give you what is your own?” (Luke 16:10-12).

In stewardship, faith is not what you believe, it is what you do to grow the Kingdom.

Jim Wells, Wisconsin United Methodist Foundation

Sue Koch