14th Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 15:1-10
Stewardship Moment from Pastor William
Stewardship in the Gospel
Jesus is accused of welcoming sinners – wow, such terrible behavior! The leaders of the church would rather see sinners excluded and punished. Jesus’ unmerited love is hard for them (and us) to accept when it is expressed toward those who behave in ways we find deplorable. But Jesus has a different plan – welcoming sinners into a new life with him.
Stewardship in our community
Society, and churches, spend a lot of time pointing out sinful behavior and excluding those who don’t measure up to our standards. But Jesus reminds us we are all made in God’s image, and that we are all children of God who loves us unconditionally. That is a love of welcome and inclusion.
Stewardship in practice
We want, and need, God’s welcoming and inclusive love; especially when we reflect on our own shortcomings (sins.) And that love is there – always and forever! When we recognize how much we are loved, how can we keep from loving other sinners? This week, make a concerted effort to see the sins of others as no worse than yours. Then, be prepared for your heart to opened to love and welcome those sinners, just as you are loved and welcomed.