At the heart of our Orthodox Christian stewardship is gratitude in response to God’s blessings, which He grants to us freely, lovingly and abundantly.
When Saint Paul was referring to the generosity of the Macedonians, he wrote: “They gave beyond their means, of their own free will…but first they gave themselves to the Lord and to us by the will of God” (2 Corinthians 8:3, 5).
When people come to Christ and experience His sacrifice, love and ongoing care for them as persons, they offer themselves in the service of the Lord as an expression of gratitude and thanksgiving.
“The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out workers into his harvest field.” Matthew 9:37-38