This is the time of year when many churches conduct stewardship campaigns. Church members are challenged to make a financial commitment or pledge for the coming year. You don’t have to pledge, but it does help with the church’s budgeting process.
During stewardship campaigns, familiar scripture is used to encourage members to participate. A scripture often used is found in Matthew 6:21 (NIV): “For where your treasure is, there will your heart be also.”
There is a scripture that’s not often used but probably should be. It is found in Deuteronomy 12:5-7: “You are to seek the place the Lord your God will choose from among all your tribes to put his Name there for his dwelling. To that place you must go; there bring your burnt offerings and sacrifices, your tithes and special gifts, what you have vowed to give and your freewill offerings, and the first-born of your herds and flocks. There, in the presence of the Lord your God, you and your families shall eat and shall rejoice in everything you have put your hand to, because the Lord your God has blessed you.”
It’s not uncommon for there to be a bit of grumbling about stewardship campaigns, but in Deuteronomy 12, it was just the opposite. There was rejoicing and a celebratory meal. The ancient Israelite tribes came together with sacrifices, tithes, and freewill offerings. The stewardship campaign in Deuteronomy 12 was not taken lightly. The gifts offered to God were the result of vows made “because the Lord your God has blessed you.”
So when the Sunday set aside for pledge cards to be turned in rolls around, go to church rejoicing!