PERSPECTIVE

STEWARDS OF COMMUNITY

There's an old proverb which says, “Live simply so that others may simply live.” It speaks to the heart of what being a steward of community is all about. It means that I will sacrifice from my abundance so that the needs of others will be met

without unnecessary suffering. Shane Claiborne,

founding member of The Simple Way, says in his book The Irresistible Revolution: Living as an Ordinary Radical, “When we talk of materialism and simplicity, we must always begin

with love for God and neighbor, otherwise we’re operating out of little more

than legalistic, guilt-ridden self-righteousness.”



Becoming stewards of our global community begins by loving Christ as He loves us, and others as we love ourselves. True community is built only through love for one another."

Jonatha

Becoming stewards

of our global community begins by loving Christ as He loves us, and others as

we love ourselves. True community is built only through

love for one another. When love enters the equation between people, there is no

shortage of giving and self-sacrificing for the betterment of the other. Ellen White, in her

book Thoughts from the Mount of Blessings, p.127, speaks profoundly on the role of a Christian in society:

“A

religion that leads men to place a low estimate upon human beings, who Christ has

esteemed of such value as to give Himself for them; a religion that would lead

us to be careless of human needs, sufferings or rights, is a spurious religion.

In slighting the claims of the poor, the suffering and the sinful, we are

proving ourselves traitors to Christ. It is because men take upon themselves

the name of Christ, while in life they deny His character, that Christianity

has so little power in the world.”









Good stewards of

their community make sure that everyone within their reach is doing well. They look after and care for the needs of each other, building on

what Jesus said in Luke 6:31: “Do to others as you would have them do to

you.” The principle of good stewardship

also goes hand-in-hand with the second greatest commandment Christ ever gave

His followers: “Love your neighbor as yourself” (Matt. 22:39).



We believe that Jesus didn’t mean to limit our caring to just our immediate community, but that He was referencing our global community of neighbors as well."

The Adventist

Development and Relief Agency (ADRA), seeks to live by these principles of

godly stewardship in our community. We believe that Jesus didn’t mean to limit

our caring to just our immediate community, but that He was referencing our

global community of neighbors as well. In South Sudan, ADRA is seeking to be a good steward of resources by providing food, education, and other necessities, to as many of the internally displaced people affected by the fighting and famine there as they can.





ADRA Nigeria has

begun working with 744 internally displaced peoples who have been affected by

violence the Boko Haram fundamentalist group has unleashed across North-Eastern

Nigeria.

What will you do

today, to “live simply by choice, so that others can simply live?” Are you

willing to sacrifice for your global community out of love for your fellow

humankind? Let us not be the Christians that A. W.

Tozer talks about, who would rather pray

for someone than do anything to meet their needs. Instead, let’s fulfill God’s call to be good stewards of community and “step up” to provide for the needs of those around us, whether it is our neighbor next door, or our neighbor in South Sudan.

Jonathan Duffy

President, ADRA

International

Jonathan Duffy came to ADRA

International in October 2012 from his previous post as CEO of ADRA Australia.

Before joining ADRA Australia in 2008, Duffy served as Director of Adventist Health

for the South Pacific Division, where he had extensive experience in health

promotion and community health development.

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