From Our Board of Stewardship
The purpose of this message is to share God’s Word so that our members will better understand who we are to be and what we are to do in the light of the Scriptures. It is our hope that this message will help you grow in your relationship with the Lord and as a Christian steward.
The Labor Day holiday is a day that is set aside to recognize and give thanks for the blessings that work gives people. We receive a day of rest from our labors. Most of this newsletter will focus on the gifts and abilities that God gives us for work as well as the desire and ability that God gives us to work.
God Blesses Us with Talents and Abilities
God has created us in His image (Genesis 1:26). He has given us tremendous talents. We are given intelligence, organization skills, creativity, decision-making powers, problem-solving capabilities, leadership abilities, and mechanical abilities, etc. God has given us labor so that we can use our Godgiven talents and provide for our needs. “The Lord God took [Adam] and put him in the Garden of Eden to work it and take care of it” Genesis 2:15). Work is part of God’s master plan for all people. Through our work, we not only take care of our needs, we receive fulfillment and growth as well as the joy of accomplishment.
Have you ever stopped to consider the differences in people? There are thousands of occupations in today’s world, each requiring special talents. There are needs for carpenters, cooks, mechanics, tailors, pastors, teachers, farmers, servers, students, police officers, etc. The important thing to note here, however, is that, for every need, God has given to someone the ability to fulfill that need. Some people are able to take apart engines of cars, while others hardly know where to add the oil. Some can build houses, while others can barely nail boards together. Some women sew fashionable clothes for their family and buy their bread at the store, while others cook and bake beyond compare but don’t even own a sewing machine. God has made us all unique. Along with all of our talents and abilities, God adds to them our desire and ability to work.
As Christians, we need to remember that our talents and abilities have come from God. “You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is He Who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms His covenant, which He swore to your forefathers, as it is today” (Deuteronomy 8:17-18).