Biblical Contentment, Part VI

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September 20, 2019 by directorfsm

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Continuing our series on Biblical Contentment, we will look at The 7 things the Bible teaches us are key for everyday Christian life: 

Prayer: Proverbs 16:3 
Study: Psalm 119:11
Fellowship: Hebrews 10:25
Stewardship: 1 Peter 4:10

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace: (ESV)

Según cada uno ha recibido un don especial, úselo sirviéndoos los unos a los otros como buenos administradores de la multiforme gracia de Dios. (LBLA)

Worship: 1 Chronicles 16:29
Sharing: 1 Corinthians 15:3-4
Walking: 1 John 2:6

Biblical Stewardship encompasses a wide range of topics under the umbrella of one overarching theme of “Managing all that God provides in a manner that glorifies God and benefits the body of Christ.”  

As you can imagine, with a Ministry name like ours, we take Biblical Stewardship as vitally important. Before we look at types of stewardship let us establish some biblical principles of stewardship:

    1. You are on a lend lease program, God OWNS it all. Psalm 24 and John 3:27
    2. Our RESPONSIBILITY is to be caretakers of what God provides and to do His will with it. ( See our Text above and 1 Cor 4:1-2)
    3. God holds us ACCOUNTABLE for all he gives us Matthew 25:14-30

So let us now look at each area a little closer and see how it applies to our daily lives. 

If we can acknowledge that God owns it all, is the source of all and provides it all it should change our approach to how we seek after things. Remember what Jesus says we are to do (Matthew 6:33) “Seek first the Kingdom of God But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.”  What are “all these things (that) will be added to you” context v.25 tells us the things that make us anxious in life (food, drink, shelter, etc.) 

This is one of the Greatest Biblical Promises you can read, and no I am not going over to the dark side of prosperity theology, I am referring to the Promise of Biblical Contentment. Jesus says, strive after, aim for pray for study after, have fellowship in the Kingdom of God and I will add unto you Biblical Contentment in the situations you find yourself in.

In order to achieve this (Contentment) we have a Responsibility to properly utilize and handle all God provides. As our main text 1 Peter 4:10  shows we each have a gift or talent to be used for serving the Kingdom. Our own ministries verse 1 Cor 4:1-2 proclaim that a man is required to be a good and faithful steward of God’s word. This goes hand in hand with our responsibility to be sowers of God’s word (Matthew 28:18-20) Then there is the question of finances, if the money you get from working (a job God gave you) is in fact God’s to begin with should you not give a portion back to support the growth of His Kingdom? Yet I find so many who argue this point over and over that “Tithing” is not a New Testament principle. Okay, I agree it is only the starting point 2 Corinthians 9:6-7. At work we have a responsibility to present ourselves acceptable to Christ at all times Titus 1:7-10Colossians 3:23.

Lastly Biblical Stewardship’s final principle, Accountability, should always be in the forefront of our minds if we are seeking Biblical Contentment. The bible says all will give an account before God Romans 14:12and although some will deny it all believers will stand before our Lord and Savior and give an account of the actions since He washed us clean 2 Corinthians 5:10 (AMP) For we [believers will be called to account and] must all appear before the [a]judgment seat of Christ, so that each one may be repaid for what has been done in the body, whether good or [b]bad [that is, each will be held responsible for his actions, purposes, goals, motives—the use or misuse of his time, opportunities and abilities]. Jesus made it clear it is not just our actions but our very words we will be accountable for Matthew 12:36-37.

We not need be afraid of failure as Good and Faithful Stewards Luke 12:41-48 “Managing all that God provides in a manner that glorifies God and benefits the body of Christ.” for God does not require of us that which we can not deal with 1 Corinthians 10:13 if we use Prayer, Study and Fellowship to get us through.   

 

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