Dr. Kevin Anderson – “The Foundation of Good Stewardship: Contentment”
“…for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through Him who gives me strength.” -- Philippians 4:11b-13
Paul, like Jesus his Lord, gave himself for others. In his little letter to the Philippians he wrote of his possible impending martyrdom as “being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service” of his readers’ faith (Philippians 2:17). How did Paul become such a steward of God’s grace? He surrendered himself fully to Christ for his strength. He did not allow himself to be defined by possessions, or the lack thereof. In short, he learned the secret of being a servant of Christ: contentment.
We live in a culture of discontent. The very nature of advertising is to persuade us that we will have a sense of fulfillment only if we purchase the latest gadget or kitchen appliance or sports car or snack. But we are never satisfied. And as long as we are on the treadmill of dissatisfaction, we can hardly stop to think about how we can be used by God for His purposes and for the good of others.
I would challenge you then, to take this one simple step toward being a good steward of what God has given you: through Christ’s strength, be content! Then see how God leads you toward using your resources to further His kingdom and helping others.
- Dr. Kevin Anderson, Associate Professor of Christian Studies & Philosophy