Monthly Archives: May 2015

Faithful Stewardship

Preparing your Special Sacrifice

You are warmly welcome to Kakumba Chapel!

Praise the Lord for this new month of May, right in the heart of year. This month has many
opportunities for you to present “special sacrifices / offerings” with respect to the needs in the Chapel as well as in the Diocese. Addressing these financial needs contributes to the gospel reaching many more people to the glory of God. In preparing for your special offering:

1) Remember: At giving opportunities such as appointed feasts, it is partly a time to
remember. At the Feast of Ingathering (the Feast of Tabernacles), for instance, it is time to
remember how the Israelites wandered in the wilderness and dwelt in tents for about forty years, but were finally settled in the Promised Land by the grace of God. This is
commemorated among some Jewish families by putting up a make-shift tent or structure outside the main house and having meals in this tent during the one week festival. Recall the wanderings you have gone through by the grace of God: through childhood, school, though family difficulties, falling and rising, through harsh uncertainties, disappointing friends, and through many short-lived happy moments… by the grace of God you have come this far.

2) Reward: Thank God the Israelites were gathered into the Promised Land. The fulfillment of this in Christ is yet to come – the ingathering of all believing peoples into the Final Promised Land of heaven. Our Christian response is to reflect on the grace of giving. In the wanderings on earth, we do and we need to support one another; it is like rewarding or
repaying one for the support they have given you; but more so, for the sure promise that we will get to the final Promised Land some day, we need to be thankful to God and offer Him special sacrifices from all our harvests. The rule is for us to offer our best:

“… see that you also excel in the grace of giving. … You shall not sacrifice to the LORD your God an ox or a sheep in which is a blemish, any defect whatever, for that is an abomination to the LORD your God.” (2Cor 8:7, Deut 17:1)

3) Rekindle: As we come forward with our special offering, it is a symbol of offering
ourselves – or so it should be. To return with our whole hearts to the Lord and overcome any hindrances that made us stumble yesterday; to renew and revive our commitment to
follow and serve the Lord, and to revive the spirit of fellowship in the body of Christ is the essence of this Feast.

God bless you as you Remember, Reward and Rekindle.

Stewardship and Leadership

His master said to him, ‘Well done, good and faithful servant. You have been faithful over a little; I will set you over much.
Enter into the joy of your master.’ (Matt 25:23)

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You have been entrusted with something; you are fully in charge today, and your master has high expectations; you could easily surprise them with exciting results beyond what was expected. Some S4 leavers are still in shock having performed better than they
anticipated; their parents are elated. On the other hand, there are some who are
disappointed because they feel their efforts did not really pay off. Every ‘master’ has
entrusted some resource to a ‘servant’ and waits in high expectation. Stewardship is all about taking good care of the master’s resources according to the dynamic terms and
conditions. Some ‘servants’ under-perform, others perform well as projected, while others over-perform.

The issue of stewardship touches each and everyone of us. God our Creator made each of us for a purpose; like the master in Matthew 25:14-30, He gave us life and resources, and will demand an account at some point in time. The good steward confidently and gladly brings a precise report, ready to be congratulated. And the master is happy to reward the good steward with a certificate and material presents in His Kingdom! But the bad steward requires many words to fit his shame and excuses, to hide his laziness; by the end of his
arrogant and irritating speech, the master’s mood has sunk and only flares fly; He cracks a lethal whip on the back of the unsuspecting wicked servant.

Recognize your stewardship opportunity: here in Church, at your workplace, at home – each task you can attempt is an opportunity. It may be the conventional profession, but most of these will be the unlikely, the unexpected, some unique niche that you alone seem to serve well. While others lengthen complaints and even exaggerate what is going wrong, the good steward will find a way of contributing to the solution. In challenging times, are you part of the solution, or part of the problem? Remember always: No excuse whatsoever will exonerate you; poor stewardship brings resentment, fear, pain and sorrow. Hard work and faithful stewardship brings satisfaction, confidence, health and joy. It is all about
being a good and faithful servant.

God bless you!