The Bible declares that our very existence in faith begins with trust. Psalm 22:4 tells us “In you our ancestors put their trust; they trusted and you delivered them.” A search of the word “trust” in the Bible brings up references in virtually every book of the bible. We have put our trust in God from the very beginning.
Marcia Shetler wrote in Voices on Stewardship – “Trusting in God is part of our responsibility as followers of Jesus. It allows us to joyfully and generously let go of what we think is ours and release it for God’s use. Those acts of generosity are our witness to the world, sharing God’s abundance as channels of God’s love.”
Whom do you trust and why? On the most basic and important level we must trust Jesus, who calls us to follow him. But on another level, we must trust one another in this body of Christ. We trust one another to know that our giving and generosity is put to good use and that we are being faithful stewards of what has been given to us. We trust that our church leadership is investing in ministries and missions that are an expression of our shared vision. The Presbyterian Church of Paris actually accomplishes a lot for the size of our church, and this is primarily due to our faith and our commitment to stewardship.
As 2 Corinthians 8:7 tells us “But just as you excel in everything … in faith, in speech, in knowledge, in complete earnestness and in your love for us … see that you also excel in this grace of giving.”