COVID-19: Stewardship is operating as usual and we are aiming to provide as close to normal service as we can.
Please click here for regular updates

Transforming Generosity: The Third Way

By Barrie Thompson | 29 April 2010 | Comments (1)

“(Christ) died for all, that those who live should no longer live for themselves but for him who died for them and was raised again ... If anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: the old has gone, the new is here! ... We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.”
(2 Corinthians 5:11-21)


Working at Stewardship has meant that I’ve been thinking a lot about one particular word: transform.
It comes in many different forms, from the art of transforming to notions of transformative power, from experiences that are truly transformational. Even Hollywood is in on the act with the film about the Transformers.


Stewardship’s strap line is ‘Transforming Generosity’. It’s clever because it can be read two ways – it speaks of how we as an organisation are seeking to transform the generosity in financial giving of a community of believers, and - read from the other way around - it speaks of how that generosity is itself transforming lives across the world for the sake of and to the glory of God’s Kingdom.


I’d like to suggest a third way of reading this phrase. To my mind there is a way of looking at those two words that doesn’t involve simply talking about Stewardship’s objectives, and it doesn’t involve simply talking about what our hopes are for our clients whose generosity and good stewardship are, we pray, transforming people’s lives in Jesus name.

This third way of considering Stewardship’s strap line looks at the very reason I and my colleagues are in work each day doing what we do to serve our clients in the first place. Our inspiration, our motive, our commitment to an organisation whose statement is ‘Transforming Generosity’ comes from only one source: the generous transforming power of God. Remember that scripture at the start of this piece?

“Christ died for all ... and was raised again.”

Familiar words, perhaps, but it strikes me that there’s a miracle here, and that we ought to take a closer look.
Each one of us serves God (at Stewardship, and as Christians in all places) because, I believe, we all want to see people’s lives transformed; we all want to see God’s Kingdom grow and flourish; we all want people to enter into a relationship with Jesus “who died and was raised again” for them. And we all want those things because God has transformed our lives through the life, death and resurrection of Christ – that miracle of new found life and hope in Jesus.


While we’re on the subject of miracles, try this one out:

ISN’T THERE A MIRACLE HERE ... FIND OUT
is actually an anagram of ...
I AM THE RESURRECTION AND THE LIFE
Not a bad transformation, is it?

Each of us is a transformed person because God is generous. And not just a little bit generous; exuberantly generous in His love, His grace, His mercy, His forgiveness, His kindness (the list is as long as you wish to make it).

So, if that’s true, what is going to drive me on each day? What’s going to strengthen me and encourage me each day? What’s going to make me go all out to be an effective participant in a transforming and a generous organisation? Surely it is this: the knowledge that I have miraculously been changed for eternity by God. He never stops loving me, He never stops serving me, He never stops working for me through the power of His Spirit to help me grow, and He is always so, so generous in all He does.


And if I serve God in that way, with a right heart, I’ll be going some way to fulfilling Paul’s charge in 2 Corinthians 5:20-21:
“(I am) Christ’s ambassador”

We are all ambassadors for Christ, Christ who was generous to the point of laying down his life to effect the most amazing transformation we can know in our own lives. We can know the Father’s transforming power personally, and we believe at Stewardship that we can know and experience that same power at work in our organisation.

So there we are. We are Stewardship – a charity that believes passionately in Transforming Generosity. We exist to serve our clients as God in Christ Jesus first miraculously, powerfully, served us.

Posted by Barrie Thompson

Barrie Thompson has been with Stewardship for 9 years, having previously worked in banking and also in church ministry.  With Stewardship, his main areas of focus are individual recipients and general compliance.  He enjoys reading and playing golf.

comments:

Shirl

June 2, 2011 5:47 AM
I'm not easliy impressed. . . but that's impressing me! :)

leave a comment:

Your comment will have to be approved by a site administrator before it is shown on the site so please be patient.