A Good Steward is Generous

Now we will talk about the third quality of a good steward:  generous giving.  A good steward is one who shares generously God’s gifts out of love.

Gifts from God, received with gratitude, are not meant to be hoarded or kept for our own exclusive use.  They are given to be shared.  And in our sharing, St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta, with her service for the poorest of the poor, gives us both an example and words of advice:  “It is not what we do that is important, but the amount of love we put into the doing.”

Generous giving must be an outflow of our love for God.  We have a pattern of this giving in Jesus Christ himself.  St. Paul in his letter to the Corinthians says: “For you know the generous act of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for our sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty we might become right” (2 Cor 8:9).  Our giving, our sharing must be the instinctive outflow of a loving heart.  We must give to others as Jesus Christ gave himself to us.

We don’t have to wait until we make sure we have got enough to take care of all our needs before we share with others.  We don’t have to wait until we get all our debts paid, until he have a certain amount of savings in the bank before we share with others.  The Lord invites us to share what we have at precisely those times when we don’t seem to have enough.  A good steward knows that it is better to give than to receive, because in giving we receive far more than that we could ever have imagined.

May Christ’s example inspire us to give and share the gift ourselves to make a difference in the life of others.