Cheerful giving is our response to God's great gift to us in Jesus Christ.
The gifts we give to God are a response to God’s love for us in Jesus Christ! When we as a district look at the mission field we know that an intentional and bold ministry calls for faithful and also joyful joint sacrifice. Faithful stewardship is the free and joyous activity of the child of God and God’s family, the church, in managing all of life and life’s resources for God’s purpose. When God’s Word and love fill our hearts and minds, our stewardship is not limited to specific acts, but, instead, becomes a lifestyle. What and how we give flows from we have been given!
Lutheran Christians are thoughtful in their use of God’s gifts. We look for bargains, save for what we need and avoid buying on impulse. We pray about and think about our offerings as we look at our family budgets and plan our giving to God. Our stewardship is not a casual part of our lives or an afterthought, but a prayerful, careful and generous lifestyle of gratitude! Planned and generous giving is our response to God’s love in Jesus. And that response allows the Church to plow deep and wide in our communities, in our district and around the world.