Content In Christ

Published July 17, 2016 by LPCOC in Bulletin

Are you content? Satisfied with life? I think a lot of people would answer “no” to those questions. Solomon once said “All man’s efforts are for his mouth, yet his appetite is never satisfied” (Ecclesiastes 6:7). There’s always “one more” thing to get. One more thing to try. One more thing to possess. One more goal to achieve. And we think peace and joy are found just as soon as we get that one more thing. But then it’s one more and then one more after that. Maybe someday we come to the conclusion that “one more” isn’t the answer. It would be better if we came to that conclusion today. That would save us a lot of anxiety and grief.

Peace is found in one place. Contentment is found in one place. We are made to have fellowship with God. Nothing else will do. Jesus said “Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled” (Matthew 5:6). If there is something on our heart we need to give our heart to God: “Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:6-7).

What would true peace and contentment mean to you? To be able to say “I have the Lord so I have enough” and mean it? To no longer feel the oppressive drive to get “one more thing”? Jesus said that He gives those who come to him rest – maybe this is part of what He meant. That relief of having finally found what you’ve been looking for all along. I encourage you all to fix your thoughts on Jesus. Bask in the love that He has for you. Grow in the grace and knowledge of Christ so that you are filled and not empty. And then you can be among the few who can honestly say: “I am content.”

 

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