Priceless: Finding Your Value in God
Our materially oriented culture is programmed to generate discontentment. That is why each year brings new cars, new fashions, new improvements, all designed to make us dissatisfied with our present status or possessions.
Cultivating contentment in the Christian life begins with understanding that things never define your value. Your job, neighborhood, or net worth does not figure into God’s equation for value and worth. Your value lies in your priceless relationship with God as your Father.
Still more, you can counter the anxious and stressful tug of discontentment with a solid understanding of several basic scriptural truths.
God cares for you. Because you are His child, He has assumed responsibility for providing for your emotional, spiritual, and physical needs. He will do so as you trust Him without reservation while you go about the routine tasks of each day.
God is in control. When a job is terminated, a mate quits, a friend deserts, God is quietly but sovereignly at work for your good. You are not a victim of the economy or another’s decision.
You can be content in any circumstance when you are sure of God’s unceasing care and absolute control of every detail. Rest in His ability, and contentment will follow.
Charles F. Stanley, Into His Presence (Nashville, TN: Thomas Nelson Publishers, 2000), 120.