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1 Thessalonians 5:1-11; Matthew 25:14-30
"The response we Christians have toward the chaos and insecurity of the world around us is not fear but gratitude to God, for in God all things hold together. What is missing in the life of the reluctant servant in the parable is a grateful response -- which brings us back around to the stewardship campaign, after all."
Parable of the Talents
Life in Christ is abundant life. And with abundant living comes abundant giving.
The realm of God is characterized by gratitude. Gratitude is the fundamental act of worship. Giving thanks is the most theologically-sound response to life we can offer. "A stewardship campaign is simply an annual gratitude alert, calling us to recommit ourselves to giving thanks in concrete ways."
The United Way campaign realized that they had not received a donation from one of their very successful businessmen. They actually did a little research on him and discovered that he made a half million dollars a year and yet he did not give a penny to charity. So they sent some young fellow off to see him. The young man told him what their research had revealed and asked if he wouldn't like to give something back to the community.
The businessman replied by saying, "Well did your research show that my mother is dying from a long illness and has medical bills several times her income?"
"Well," the young man said, "No. It didn't reveal that."
Just as Jesus knew about the woman and her two copper coins, God knows about us and our giving and God cares deeply about our giving.
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