Illustration by Sarah Duvivier.

March 2, 2020

The Steward Family Tree

Trees have played an important role in Scripture. The reason our world is in the mess it is involved a tree. The notorious fig tree in the New Testament that was cursed has provided many lessons about the importance of fruit-bearing.

Nebuchadnezzar’s dream tree was used to foretell the king’s future and illustrate how people are dependent on each other in daily living. It was in the shade of a tree that Abraham entertained heavenly visitors, an opportunity he would have missed if he had not been hospitable.

And, one of my favorites: the Oak of Weeping, where Deborah, Rebekah’s old nurse, was buried. She had been a faithful part of the family for years and it was a great loss when she was laid to rest — she had given so much during her life.

Another kind of tree is a family tree. Genealogy was very important in Bible times. I hardly know who my great-grandparents were (especially since I never met them), but detailed records in Scripture account for generations of lineage letting one boast (or not) of who was a part of their family tree.

And so, I introduce another tree, the Steward family tree. The desire of all should include being a part of the Steward family. The reason? Because it is a family tree that defines how we can share ourselves, our resources, time, talents and influence with those around us. It also talks about caring for ourselves so we can do a better job doing the things that good steward family members do. Look it over; identify what your contributions can be. Stretch yourself; build momentum forward! You will make the world a better place!

Jon Corder, Lake Union Conference Stewardship director