All we have is a gift from God. What we do with what we have is our gift to God.
Stewardship is a way of life. It is a way of living each day in gratitude for all the blessings that God has given to us. The roots of stewardship can be found in the Bible, which tells us over and over that God is the Creator and Giver of all gifts. It is our responsibility to show our gratitude to God for these gifts, by giving back to Him the “first fruits.”
We do not own the gifts God gives to us. We are only here on earth to use those gifts to do God's work.
In 1992 the U.S. Catholic Bishops released a pastoral letter on stewardship entitled:
“Stewardship: A Disciple’s Response.” The Bishops described a Christian steward as one who:
Sharing our gifts and returning them to God means giving generously of our time, talent and treasure. We give to God by sharing with our Parish and with those in need.
Time and talent can be shared by becoming involved in parish life, volunteering and offering a helping hand. Treasure can be shared by making a conscious effort to make a financial gift to God first, before we pay the bills and buy the things we want.
When we give to God only after all of our personal spending, we end up throwing Him the loose change or having nothing left at all to give. When we give to God first, we are making a gift of faith, trusting that God will provide for our needs.
We are truly giving Him the “first fruits” just as God asked us to do in the Bible.