Stewardship Meditations
        Giving is as essential to our spiritual health as prayer and the reading of God's Word.  It is an outlet for thanksgiving, a tangible hymn of praise, and the inevitable gesture of a loving heart.

        Paul says, "If we have sown unto you spiritual things, is it a great thing if we shall reap your carnal things?"  Ordinarily men sow in order to reap.  Here we reap in order to sow.  We reap your material things in order that the church may sow spiritual seed in this community and around the world.

        "Covetousness puts money ahead of manhood.  It shackles its devotee and makes him its victim.  It hardens the heart and deadens the noble impulses and destroys the vital qualities of life" (H. C. Moore).  Good stewardship protects us from covetousness.

        Life is a trust from God.  We own nothing.  We are administrators of the estate God has entrusted to us.  When we bring our tithes and offerings into the storehouse, we are fulfilling the responsibilities of that trusteeship that God has placed in our keeping.

        "Money is a good slave but a bad master.  Property belongs in the purse or the bank, but not in the heart.  Wealth has its place and its power, but it is not entitled to occupy the throne or sway the scepter" (H. C. Moore).  We give today to show who rules in our hearts.

        Someone said there are three kinds of givers, the flint, the sponge, and the honeycomb.  To get anything out of a flint, you must hammer it.  To get anything out of the sponge, you must squeeze it.  But the honeycomb just overflows with sweetness. Was it this last that was in mind when the Bible verse was written, "The Lord loveth a cheerful giver"?

        Giving is not an interlude in the midst of worship, but an integral part of worship.

        The Lord said to Moses, "Speak unto the children of Israel, that they bring me an offering: of every man that giveth it willingly with his heart ye shall take my offering." (Exodus 25:2)

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