1999-01-19 - Contentment in Christ
Luke 3:14 And be content...
When I began to think and write about this topic of contentment in October of last year I was convinced that, in general, many Christians suffer from a lack of contentment. I still believe that, and now maybe more than ever.
We have looked at what contentment is not, how to promote contentment, and lastly, the fruits of contentment. I would like to finish up a third and final fruit of contentment.
3. Those who can learn contentment are most likely to be faithful to God and conscience.
Those who learn contentment know the meaning of Acts 20:24, "Therefore I do not consider my life of any account, that I may finish my course, and the ministry I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify solemnly of the gospel of the grace of God."
Those who learn contentment in this life have learned that there is more to this life than life itself. There is a purpose and that purpose has nothing to do with things, or position. To learn contentment is to learn that those who have more than others have more to give to others, those who have higher position have as part of their calling to be gracious to those who do not have position.
All of us, if we have position, riches, a summer home, or none of these things, are to live to the high calling which we have received. Our calling is great, we are ambassadors of Christ (2 Corinthians 5:21) and as the verse in Acts above says, we testify to the gospel of grace.
Many Christians go through trials, often great trials. Contentment is a tough thing for anyone, but especially tough in the midst of trials. Those who learn to be content with the least, have the least to lose when trials come.
If you can say, "None but Christ, only Christ, and ever Christ, will be my comfort and joy", then you have contentment. Christ will never leave His children, and while houses may burn, jobs may be lost, and family and friends may forsake us, Christ's love for His children will never melt even through fire, His task of loving His children will never be forgotten, lost, or vacationing, and He will never, never forsake His child.
None but Christ, only Christ, and ever Christ, If we could learn this we would be changed people.
Soli Deo Gloria,