This may seem like a strange topic for a stewardship series, but I think it’s very important. On All Saints Day we should focus on the “great cloud of witnesses.”
“Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith.” (Hebrews 12:1-2)
The church is a gift from God that should be nurtured, protected, defended and loved by the people of God. This is not simply the task of the pastors and church leaders. It is the calling of the Body of Christ.
The image of the witnesses in a stadium cheering us on toward the end of the race. I want us to understand that we hold in our hands the baton that has been passed to us. We are charged with handing the baton off to the next runner. If we slow down, drop the baton or quit the race we have failed in one of the most basic and important aspects of stewardship.
How do we cherish the church? How do we pass the baton?
I know we are using “baton” for other things, such as time, gifts and material resources. But I’m going to talk about the church as so central to the gospel that if we drop it we’ve lost everything.