Thursday, September 23, 2010

How Content Are You?

                In 1 Timothy 6:3-8, Paul tells us that being content is a very important commodity.  Our contentment with our Spiritual Life, our Family, and our Church is what drives us.  These three are also related to our secular life.  Our overall contentment requires we always focus from our Spiritual identity with God and His Son Jesus.
              We as Christians need our contentment with the Lord.  However, I believe most focus their personal contentment with the secular world.  We are all concerned with what is happening in government, (world crisis) and what is happening on our jobs.  All these, (and more,) usually take precedence over God and His Church.  We involve ourselves with discussions we know little about, and argue with perverse disputings and evil surmisings, all the while thinking we are being godly without the necessary knowledge.
              So what are we to do?  Our scripture tells us “…from such withdraw thyself…”  Our gain within the world is of no value concerning our eternity.  We were born naked, penniless and with nothing, and will take from this world nothing.
              Our only asset we leave this world is our character shown by our contentment with our Lord.  Our Children, our Grandchildren, (no matter how we attempt to influence them with what we are,) will not always reflect our character of contentment.  Our only hope in our “seed” is:

Proverbs 22:6  Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it.

We may leave them a monetary inheritance; however, it will soon be gone.  Our real inheritance for them will be our “great gain” through our contentment in the Lord, and His Church, and how we worked “to turn our back on worldly ways” and keep ourselves separated for God.  Our hope is that in their “age” they will remember us, return, and “seek the contentment” they saw in their remembrance of our character. 
              What does your “seed” see in you?  Where is your contentment?  Is Jesus the Christ your Saviour?  If so, why is your back turned away from Him?  Repent of your sin, face God, and get yourself back into the “perfect, will of God.

Romans 12:2  And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.                                                              

Bro. John R. E Chastain

1 Timothy 6:3-8  If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;  (4)  He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,  (5)  Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.  (6)  But godliness with contentment is great gain.  (7)  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  (8)  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.

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