as your own business. The world says, Law and Order, and Jesus says, Love. The world says, Get and Jesus says, Give.
- Frederick Buechner (adapted)
“Are you tired? Worn out? Burned out on religion? Come to me. Get away with me and you’ll recover your life. I’ll show you how to take a real rest. Walk with me and work with me—watch how I do it. Learn the unforced rhythms of grace. I won’t lay anything heavy or ill-fitting on you. Keep company with me and you’ll learn to live freely and lightly.”
- Matthew 11.28-30 (The Message)
The long and short of my sermon on Sunday is just this; stewardship is counter-intuitive. That is to say, when we think of possessions as ours, we reluctantly – even grudgingly – offer a smidgeon to God. And the world says, Well done. When we think of possessions as gifts from God, their true owner, we readily share with others. And the world immediately calls us crazy, just like Jesus.
Our choice is simple; do we dance to the world’s strictures to seek its approval, which seem so reasonable; or do we dance to the unforced rhythms of grace? If Jesus is by some freak of nature not so crazy, then the latter sets us free to dance joyfully.