The psalmist says that “the earth is the Lord’s and the fullness thereof, the world and all that dwells in it.” Our role as human beings is to be stewards of creation. That is, we are to care for and develop what God has entrusted to us. Being a good steward means caring for ourselves (in body, mind and spirit), for others and for the earth.
Christian stewardship is our opportunity to offer the gifts God has given us – our time, our skills and abilities, and our financial resources – to serve Christ in the church and in the world.
In the Old Testament, the people of Israel were expected to offer one-tenth (a tithe) of their resources to God. In both the Old and New Testaments, people were encouraged to share what they had with those in need. Some today encourage us to think about a “modern tithe,” setting aside 10% of income each year for charitable giving of various kinds. Church members are asked to reflect on how God has blessed them and to contribute generously to work that God has called the congregation to do in our community.