But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. (1 Timothy 6:6-8)
The Discipline of Stewardship is strongly linked to the concept of contentment. The 1st Timothy 6:6-8 passage above is very instructive. In it we see the link between contentment and a proper perspective of what is ours and how we are to relate to possessions. The bottom line is, all the possessions we have are gifts from God (including time, talent and treasure). The words of our Lord in Luke 12:15 provide a similar perspective:
Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Contentment cannot be found in worldly possessions. Compare a contented person to one who is not contented:
- A contented person gives thanks for what they have while a person who is not contented is never satisfied;
- A contented person thinks success comes to those who give the most while a person who is not contented thinks success comes to those who accumulate the most;
- A contented person thinks eternal while a person who is not contented thinks temporal;
- A contented person uses ambition for the greater good while a person who is not contented is blinded by ambition;
- A contented person prioritizes God and people while a person who is not contented views God and people as a means to an end.
How contented are you? Do you believe contentment and stewardship go hand in hand?