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 everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:12 – 13, NIV
Contentment. I used to consider it a pessimistic term. Give me joy, excitement, and ecstatic any day over simple “contentment;” it has always seemed so neutral. Paul on the other hand saw the beauty in it. As a believer we’ll have wants, desires, and wishes just as anyone else in the flesh does. The attractive thing about being transformed by the Gospel is that abundant life means you know you are not in need of those things. It means you have a shalom type of peace in the middle of circumstantial chaos. It means you have grace. It means you have the propensity for love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, faithfulness, goodness, gentleness, and self-control. You are content in all.
To be transformed by the Gospel means that decisions are made that revere Christ as Lord of your life. This in fact is quite contrary to the rest of the world. It looks like consistently turning to the Word of God for direction, guided by the Holy Spirit, and finding that obedience actually produces joy.
As I think of you, my church family, today I am praying that you would find the true gift in contentedness. I pray that you’d be able to take whatever circumstance the Lord has providentially given you right now and see that you are able to do all things because it is Christ who gives you strength. Even if “all things” means going without a want, desire, or wish. Even if it means hope deferred. Even if it means worldly chaos.
I pray as well that because we are marked by contentedness and abundant life that the Gospel, as offensive as it is, would be attractive to those who know us and see how we walk through trials. Content. Loved. Transformed.
As a quick reminder, this Sunday is John 3:16 day, the Gospel will very specifically be shared with all. Who are you inviting as your guest? No really. . . I’d love for you to tell me! ( or 256-412-4240)