Mrs. Suzanne Gehring – “Using Our Gifts and Talents to Further the Kingdom of God”

November 22, 2013

“Well done, good and faithful servant! You have been faithful with a few things; I will put you in charge of many things.” – Matthew 25:21

“The Great Investment” by Leonard Thompson Wolcott* (a poetic rendering of Matthew 25:14-30)

What God has given me is not mine
     For I am His.
And what I have is only mine to do His will.
To reap from what I’ve sown His capital of love.
Investing all I own in the goodness He has shown,
To scatter, share its blessing with the world.
God has entrusted me with life
That I may live for Him
And give for Him the riches of His grace,
That I may face each opportunity
Alert and true, responsibly
That I may bring to Him on that last day
The full abundance I have earned for Him.
And hear His glad approval and accept
The higher calling in His realm.
What God has given me is not mine
     For I am His,
And what I have is only mine to do His will.

This passage is about more than sharing our resources and meeting needs.  It is about being faithful with the time, energy, gifts, talents, and possessions that God has entrusted to us and being obedient to what God expects of us.  Asbury alum, E. Stanley Jones, well-known for his quotes of wit and wisdom, comments about stewardship in his book, Growing Spiritually:  “God is the owner [of all you have] and you are the owe-er.  This puts God in His place and you in yours.  You are not free to manage your material possessions as you like, but as He likes.”   

CORNERSTONE:  Stewardship

- Mrs. Suzanne Gehring, Head of Archives & Special Collections, Kinlaw Library

*Leonard Thompson Wolcott (1915-2009) graduated from Asbury College in 1937.  He served as a pastor, missionary to India, Professor of Missions at Scarritt College, and author of numerous books and published articles.

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