We Are the Love of God
“Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, knowing that from the Lord you will receive the reward of the inheritance; for you serve the Lord Christ.” —Colossians 3:23-24
There are millions of souls in the world today that need help physically and spiritually. Think of the natural disasters that have devastated the United States, from Hurricane Harvey, to Irma, Katrina among many others. Our homeland of Greece has been in financial crisis and this has affected the lives and future of so many people. Think about how many other countries are suffering from malnourishment and hunger. These hardships leave communities in desperation.
The Church's great mission is to carry out the works of the Lord and bring healing to a hurting world. Imagine if we could influence these issues at a greater level. Imagine if we could offer more to Greece, to areas devastated by natural disaster and for families who have lost everything.
Hebrews 6:10 states, “God is not unjust; he will not forget your work and the love you have shown Him as you have helped His people and continue to help them.” The Lord can help rebuild people and communities. Through dedicated stewardship, this can become a reality.
If every family at Saint Haralambos donated $93 a month as part of their stewardship, our church would be able to operate solely on the Stewardship donations. This would allow all earnings from the Food Fest and other fundraisers to support our brothers and sisters in need. If we all work towards the same goal, we can be that beacon of light to help people in their time of need. We can make a greater difference in this world that is thirsting for the love of Christ.
One of our most important needs in life is to belong. As we pursue having a meaningful life, we see the value of belonging; to belong is to embrace love and acceptance from one another and from God! That is why our Church and our home are so important; they are the places where we experience love from God and His people. Jesus, the light of the world, tells us You are the light of the world. Let your light shine and discover what God has in store for you!
Christian Stewardship is...
…learning how to be a responsible and concerned caretaker of Christ’s Church; it is learning how to enjoy Church life and be happy in Church work, for in Her dwells the fullness of the Spirit of God.
…our active commitment to use all our time, talent and treasure for the benefit of humankind in grateful acknowledgment of Christ’s redeeming love.
…caring for the needs of others.
…offering one’s self to God as He offered Himself to us.
…what a person does after saying “I believe…”, as proof of that belief.
…devotion and service to God and His Church as persons, as families, as diocese/metropolis, as national Church and as Church universal.