Stewardship talk by Sylvia Jayakaran – Notes for Nov 26th, 2017
To me personally, stewardship is about having a refined understanding that we are accountable for the time, talent, wealth etc. that God placed in our lives to use wisely in a way that honors His objective. In the short span of time that we are destined to be here on earth we have temporary ownership of these things. As a matter of fact, we bring nothing into this world and take nothing from this world when we die. Just as in the parable of the talents, we are expected to provide an account of how we used these for His glory. It is that reverential fear that drives my actions on how I use them.
The congregation of St. Margaret’s are a stellar example of people who share Christ-like genuine love with the people around them. My family has benefited greatly from the wisdom, the talks, the smiles, the care and concern in times of adversity and the oneness of spirit when we pray for each other’s needs.
I have observed excellence and finesse in organizing events that benefit charities, supporting young children in their walk with Christ, maintaining the church and church grounds and many other things. Every one of your activities caught my attention and I am greatly blessed that you could be such role models for my children.
Sometimes I have truly admired how people here could sense my anxiety and worries of my heart and provide me with good counsel and support me with their prayers. I thank God for giving me the blessing to get to know you all in my life – in many cases I talk with you all freely like my extended family.
Christian love and generosity is about giving what you have freely and lovingly without dissent or reproach – it is not done as a publicity stunt by any means. This great attitude is something that I found in abundance in St. Margaret’s.
So my brothers and sisters in Christ Jesus, may heaven’s choicest blessings be upon you this Christmas season so that you can be the best stewards that God destined you to be.