Active Contentment – Jan 7, 2022

The scripture is full of encouragement and instruction to be content.  To stop worrying.  To cease striving.  To rest in Him.  As a wage earner, a homeowner, a husband, father, grandfather, a citizen , etc; these admonitions are directed at me!  Remember Paul, in Phillipians, denying the need for financial help or when the author of Hebrews says: “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” (13:5).  Contentment is the key to being happy in my circumstances and it’s also part in parcel with resisting the three lusts.  Jesus Himself said, “Don’t worry about what you will eat or wear, God will care for you.”

On a personal level, contentment is where it’s at.  HOWEVER, when it comes to ministry (seeking first His Kingdom).  It occurs to me that if I want to walk on water, I have to get out of the boat!*  Maybe He supplies our needs so that we can serve Him, not just so we can be comfortable.  🙂

Blessings,

Pastor Scott

*We are starting a series on 1 Peter this coming Sunday which is why that phrase is on my mind; It was the title of a 2002 book by one of the Willow Creek guys, but I think the axiom predates the title.

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