17th Sunday after Pentecost – Luke 17:5-10
Stewardship Moment from Pastor William
Stewardship in the Gospel
Jesus tells his disciples that they are to forgive a fellow disciple “seven times a day.” (Luke 17:4) In response, the disciples ask Jesus for more faith because they know how difficult it is to forgive. Jesus knows it is difficult as he practices daily forgiveness of them – all the way to the cross.
Stewardship in our community
Jesus tells his disciples a parable about doing one’s duty, knowing that forgiveness is an unlimited daily obligation. Our relationships are full of opportunities to practice this duty to forgive. It is in our marriages, in our families, at work, in the stores, on the roads, and at church. Sin abounds and is endless, so too should be our forgiveness.
Stewardship in practice
It troubles me trying to keep track of how many times Jesus has forgiven me. Maybe you feel the same way. Can we turn that magic touch of Jesus’ unlimited forgiveness into unlimited forgiveness of other followers of Jesus? Jesus has enough faith in us to command us to forgive. Maybe we should see our faith as strong enough to carry out his command.