Counting Your Contentment Cash was the final sermon topic of our Pastor for Children and Families before she concluded her ministry at one2one Church of Christ.
I was taken by the profoundness yet simplicity of Kay’s presentation based on Philippians 4:11-13, I am not saying this because I am in need, 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.
Previously each of the children in the children’s ministry were involved in constructing a duct tape wallet the making some contentment cash for their wallet. The cash was cards and the children were invited to write on the back of the cards the things they were thankful for.
Remember the words of Jesus when he explained that the kingdom of God belongs to little children and unless we receive the Kingdom of God like a little child we will never enter it.
Kay explained that the essence of discipleship is taking what we read in the Bible and translating it into real life. Using her granddaughter to test the construction of the duct tape wallet and contentment cards confirmed the possibilities when shortly after an argument with her mother Kay discovered her granddaughter sitting alone quietly in the lounge room with wallet in hand. When asked what she was doing the grandaughter replied she was counting her contentment cash.
We could well do the same. God has given us an abundance of contentment cash.
Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
Ephesians 1:3-10 NIV
Kay’s sermon can found at Counting Your Contentment Cash.