Denise Carvalho offers a special message to parishioners during stewardship month here at St. Luke's Baton Rouge.
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A STEWARDSHIP MESSAGE
FROM DENISE CARVALHO:
“…the one who sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and the one who sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. Each of you must give as you have made up your mind, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver.”
2 Corinthians 9:6-7
This is one of the Bible passages that has somewhat made me cringe when I read it. Does it mean if I don’t give enough to the Church that I won’t be blessed with enough for myself and my family? By no means am I a Biblical scholar, but when it comes to these passages, I like to concentrate on Verse 7 more so than Verse 6. I think about all God has cheerfully done for me and given me (loving family, friends, neighbors, my St. Luke’s Church family, my house, financial well-being, health and my dear dogs). If God has so cheerfully given to me, should I not be cheerful in giving back to Him?
Pledging and giving are about doing what you can to help St. Luke’s further the Kingdom of God and St. Luke’s mission. They are not about compulsion or reluctance, but about cheerfully giving from what you have of time, talent and, yes, your treasure, knowing that God will do as Verse 8 then adds, “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance…”