“Why?” is a question we all ask. From the child not getting his or her way to the widow grieving a sudden loss, we find ourselves asking this important question. As we ponder questions of purpose, we hope we arrive at an answer. This is true in searching for the purpose of life and struggling with the reality of suffering and death. The question of purpose pertains to smaller things as well. One of those is writing. Lately, I have been examining why I write and, more particularly, why Entrusted By God exists. If the goal is to reach people through this Bible-teaching writing ministry, then EBG needs to clearly state who we (as a team) write for and what we write. After considering EBG’s own question of purpose, I am delighted to share we have arrived at an answer:
Entrusted By God exists to glorify God by equipping everyday people to live as faithful stewards in an entitled culture.
As a pastor and Bible college professor, I (Theron) am grateful to serve as a leader in the church and train other leaders who will serve in the church. Yet, as important as it is, Ephesians 4:11-16 reminds me of the role of church leaders to equip everyday people in the service of ministry:
And he gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the shepherds and teachers, to equip the saints for the work of ministry, for building up the body of Christ, until we all attain to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to mature manhood, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ, so that we may no longer be children, tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes. Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.
Glorifying God by Equipping Everyday People
This passage of Scripture explains the purpose of the blog and the passion of Entrusted By God. In all we write, say, and recommend at EBG, we pray God would be glorified, honored, and exalted. In the articles we post, the booklets and books we publish, and the resources we recommend, our aim is to equip the everyday person, from the middle school student facing the challenges of adolescence and the stay-at-home mom caring her husband and children to the employee contemplating how he can live as an ambassador for Christ in the workplace. Our intention is not to use technical theological jargon but to place cookies on the bottom shelf so the everyday person can grasp it. God is glorified and the everyday person is equipped when the Word of God is accurately understood and faithfully applied. The message and mission are not their own to create but one they are called to steward.
Faithful Stewards in an Entitled Culture
The word steward may not be an everyday word everyone knows, but entitlement is. We live in a culture that clings to what rights we are owed but abdicates the responsibility we are given. The catchphrase of an entitled culture declares “I deserve” while faithful stewardship reminds us of the grace we’ve been given we are to extend. Grumbling becomes the benchmark of the entitled mindset when our desires and expectations are not met whereas gratitude fills the entrusted mindset with the grace God has shown in Jesus Christ. The call to live as faithful stewards in an entitled culture is a call to speak to and live out the power of the gospel over personal preference.
As a millennial, I believe this is a timely message and mission. Right or wrong, previous generations deem the millennial generation as one of the most entitled generations. Therefore, while the blog will focus on everyday people in general, particular space will be given to equipping youth and their parents in this mission. Still, the truth is we all have a tendency to live with a sense of entitlement. The answer to the challenge of entitlement is the entrusted message of the gospel. In the gospel, sinners do not receive what they deserve, God’s wrath, but receive the very thing they do not deserve, God’s grace. Thus, in the midst of an entitled culture, the enduring witness of faithful stewards will point people to the gospel. The gospel, in turn, will shape every area of a person, including their theology, life, and relationships (the three headlining themes we seek to cover on the blog). The goal of Entrusted By God is first and foremost to equip you as a faithful steward in studying Scripture for yourself. The “According to Your Word” devotionals and Read It and Reap resources serve to train you in that endeavor. Once a faithful study of Scripture has been developed, the faithful application of God’s Word in life and relationships is in view. We want to see lives and relationships exude gratitude toward God for the grace of God.
In asking the question, “Why ‘Entrusted By God?'” we have arrived at an answer. Likewise, the New City Catechism (a question-and-answer resource guide on the core doctrines of the Christian faith) opens with a question that matches the heartbeat of Entrusted By God:
Question: What is our only hope in life and death?
Answer: That we are not our own but belong, body and soul, both in life and death, to God and to our Savior Jesus Christ.
If you consider yourself an everyday person, whether you are a teenager facing the issues of life or an adult facing the issues of death, Entrusted By God is here to glorify God by equipping you to live as a faithful steward in an entitled culture!