“Maturing stewards really do the right things for the right reasons and strive for excellence in all they do. Have a joy-filled October!”
(from the LCMS website)
October is a great time of the year. In many parts of our country the leaves are changing colors and providing some beautiful scenery to delight our eyes. The harvesting of grain (corn, beans and the like) is either completed or in the process of being completed. Many fruits, like apples, and vegetables like pumpkins, are also being harvested and stored away.
Farmers, orchard owners and gardeners are God’s stewards who prepare the fields, orchards and gardens, plant the seeds, cultivate and fertilize the plants, and then wait for the Lord’s blessings of sunshine, rain, and seasonable weather so that the harvest may be gathered in to provide food for all of God’s creatures. God blesses this faithful stewardship.
The Apostle James writes: “See how the farmer waits for the land to yield its valuable crop and how patient he is for the autumn and spring rains.” (James 5:7 NIV) Those who work in fields, orchards and gardens know that while they contribute much to a good harvest, but they also know that without the Lord’s blessings there would be no harvest. They can do their best to get the fields, orchards and gardens ready for seedtime and harvest but the good harvest will take place only if the Lord blesses the fields, orchards and gardens with the kind of weather necessary for a bountiful harvest. After doing all they can, God’s stewards must wait upon the Lord who “opens his hand and satisfies the desires of every living thing.” Psalm 145:16 NIV)
We who have been called to faith in Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit are also called to be good stewards of all that God has entrusted to us to manage wisely and well. On October 31st we celebrate Reformation Day–a day to remember and give thanks for all the beautiful spiritual blessings God has given to us through the work and ministry of his faithful steward, Dr. Martin Luther. Through Luther God called the church back to Scripture Alone, Grace Alone and Faith Alone so we can know for sure what his will is for our Christian living and giving.
As stewards of the Gospel of Jesus as well as all the rest of life and life’s resources, we are called to patiently and faithfully give of our time, talents, financial resources and Christian witness for God’s glory and the welfare of people whose lives we touch.