Reading: Matthew 25: 14-30 (Click to read text)
Reflection: This week's readings are all about giving freely and not keeping your time, talent, and treasures in your clenched fists. Yesterday, we were reminded through our Psalm that God freely gives to us. Today, I think our story is reminding us that those who love God should want to give.
Many pastors and lay people will preach this Sunday about stewardship. This story lends itself to having those discussions. Thinking about that got me to thinking about how I learned about giving to God, through the work of the church. I remember being very young and asking my parents if I could have my own offering envelopes. They arranged that through the church office. And so, when I got my allowance, I would put some of it in the envelope for the following Sunday. I'm sure my change didn't affect the church budget greatly, but it taught me the importance of giving back to the church because of my love of God.
Why did I want to do that? Undoubtedly because of the example set by my parents. I watched them put a portion of their income in the offering envelope each week. It wasn't because of a sermon or a stewardship campaign, but because I saw the importance of that through my own folks.
I often wonder what message my children will see from me. We are trying to instill the same sense of giving to our children. They are still pretty young, but I am hopefully that they will see that those who love God should give back to the work of the church. After all, that's what our story reminds us as we look at the Parable of the Talents. --Chad Hershberger, Camp Mount Luther Director
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