Keep Your EYES On Eternity

15 Mungandi Brian 2As a young pastor many years ago, I was asked to do a Bible study on Malachi 3:8-10 for a stewardship program in a church, as part of my practicum program. That was a daunting task because I was aware that many of our church members don’t look favorably on the church’s teaching on stewardship of money. My worst fears came alive that Sabbath afternoon when a church member, a lady, stood up and told me right to my face, “Pastor, I understand why you are so passionate about tithe; it is self-serving. You are campaigning for your salary increment!” Now I will be honest that sometimes pastors have talked, preached, and taught stewardship as if it is a fund raising program.

I had to rethink my approach to the whole question of stewardship. For many years now I have taken the approach that stewardship is about relationship; God’s way of establishing a relationship with His people. My understanding of what stewardship is and how stewardship has changed the way I view life and ministry is a long story. I have concluded on a personal level as a minister that the concept of stewardship can revolutionized lives if and when applied correctly to our lives and to our ministry.

God calls us to be good stewards. What does this mean? In my ministry I have tried to implement a spiritual program that emphasizes Practical Stewardship. Practical Stewardship involves life as a whole, as seen in the five “T”s of stewardship, i.e. Time, Temple (body), Talents, Treasure, Testimony[1]. As pastors, we must practice and work to encourage our members to be good stewards. We must allow them to use their gifts. I have learned over the years that the Biblical principles that deal with managing time, the care of our body temples, the use of our talents and even our treasures will truly bring tremendous benefit to our individual lives and ultimately will improve our testimony collectively in the community.

Our Conference believes that we are almost Home and therefore we want to suggest to every member; “Let’s keep our EYES on eternity”. Let’s establish strong healthy churches, and help our member to develop practical faith. We want to encourage every church member to “Keep your EYES on eternity”.

  1. E= Evangelism. This is at the very core of the Seventh-day Adventist Church. “Every son and daughter of God is called to be a missionary; we are called to the service of God and our fellow men.” As we see eternity approaching, it’s time to mobilize and equip all members and dynamic ministries so that we may demonstrate the love and proclaim the Word to the world around us. [2]
  2. Y=Youth. Jeff Wines, our youth director believes that youth ministry is all about relationships. Relationship with each other, with the church and with Christ. The mission of Youth Ministry is therefore to “lead young people into a saving relationship with Jesus Christ and help them embrace His call to discipleship”[3]
  3. E=Education. Connie McCormick, our Education Superintendent believes that we all must arise to shine (Isaiah 60:1) the light that we have. Our children are precious gifts from God. We must present to them the best education and we must teach them a healthful lifestyle. The Seventh-day Adventist Church is blessed by God with the best educational system and the best health messages this side of heaven! We challenge you, young and old as we face eternity to study, learn and live by the principles from the Word of God.
  4. S=Spirituality. We want to challenge every pastor, every church, and every church member to be good stewards, and to be in every community as a Beacon of Hope. We challenge every church and school to promote spirituality, and to provide services for the good of the community. We ask that as a church community, lets engage in programs that transform communities and community values.

Brian K. Mungandi, Vice President for Administration

[1] http://www.adventiststewardship.com/article/727/in-practice/in-practice-cp-act-live
[2] E.G. White, The Ministry of Healing, p. 395
[3] http://gcyouthministries.org

e-TNL Staff: Brian Mungandi, Director; Melisa Mauk, Website-editor
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