Images of Stewardship

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September each year is ‘stewardship month’ in the Anglican Church of Southern Africa, during which we focus intensively on the question of our contribution to God’s work in building the Kingdom of God in our midst. Traditionally, we focus on time, talents and treasures as the main focus areas of our contribution. This year, we’ve also focused on our stewardship of creation, particularly in response to the growing plastics threat.

This is the last of our stewardship messages this year, where I was led, by some difficult circumstances, to reflect on the meaning of stewardship. Using a set of six images, I show the multifacetedness of stewardship, and what it means to work as partners with God in transforming our world into the image of God. These images are:

  1. Parenthood
  2. Safeguarding (1 Corinthians 6)
  3. Care-taking (1 Kings 17)
  4. Gardening (Psalm 24)
  5. Loving (serving) (Ephesians 5)
  6. Friendship (John 15)

The image of stewardship as parenthood emerged in a crisis with my son during this past week, where he was involved in a very serious car accident. Although he was not badly hurt, thankfully, his life was jeopardised, and this raised considerable distress for me as a parent. It led me to think of my role as parent as that of a steward of this young man, who is first and foremost God’s son, and only secondarily my son.

The image of stewardship as friendship emerged from John 15, where Jesus says that we are not servants, but friends; friends of Christ and friends of God. Friendship, I suggest, involves freedom, reciprocity (mutuality) and equality. And friendship is the ultimate foundation of stewardship.

It is against these images that I believe we are invited to be coworkers with Christ in his mission to redeem the cosmos.

Blessings
Adrian

2 thoughts on “Images of Stewardship

  1. Genevieve Geekie says:

    Thank you, dear Adrian

    You are a stalwart, and loved friend.

    XxXx

    Gen Geekie

    On Mon, Sep 24, 2018 at 5:37 PM Reflections of God’s Love wrote:

    > Adrian van Breda posted: “Click here to listen to this 21-minute message. > September each year is ‘stewardship month’ in the Anglican Church of > Southern Africa, during which we focus intensively on the question of our > contribution to God’s work in building the Kingdom of God in ou” >

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    • Thank you Gen

      Blessings

      Adrian

      From: Reflections of God’s Love Sent: Tuesday, 25 September 2018 14:14 To: advanbreda@gmail.com Subject: [Reflections of God’s Love] Comment: “Images of Stewardship”

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      Click here to listen to this 21-minute message. September each year is ‘stewardship month’ in the Anglican Church of Southern …

      Thank you, dear Adrian

      You are a stalwart, and loved friend.

      XxXx

      Gen Geekie

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