Rev. Greg Haseloff – “Stewarding a Great Grace”
"As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God's varied grace: whoever speaks, as one who speaks oracles of God; whoever serves, as one who serves by the strength that God supplies—in order that in everything God may be glorified through Jesus Christ.” – I Peter 4.10-11 (ESV)
Since the word “stewardship” most often takes our minds to that time of year that varies a little from one church to the other—Stewardship Sunday—we quickly think about money. Increased attention on our environment has also raised the concerns of ecological stewardship. Yet even these external behaviors are born from how we steward an internal reality.
The apostle Peter encourages us to steward the grace that God has poured into us. He spells out two broad examples of speaking or serving. We are to exercise and use these gifts the Holy Spirit has planted within us, stewarding the gift in such a manner that God is glorified. When we live stewardship in this way, a dark world hears the love and grace of the Jesus, and they hear it through word and deed.
- Rev. Greg Haseloff, Associate Dean & Campus Chaplain