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Written by Chris Kibble   
Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:04

Dear all

 

Being content is not a feature of our current generation. For example, how much more money is enough for us? From research, it's apparently another 10%. And when we get that, it's apparently another 10%. And so on. And as Christians, there's a challenge here. Seventeenth century puritan Jeremiah Burrows said 'The mystery of Christian contentment is the duty, glory and excellence of a Christian'. Easy for him to say, you might think!

 

But Paul the apostle had achieved contentedness. It clearly wasn't from his circumstances. Being locked up in a stinking Roman jail dependent on the charity of others while certain preachers undermine your ministry is no-one's idea of a good time. He welcomed the arrival of a gift from the Philippians brought by his pal Epaphroditus; but that too wasn't the source of his contentedness. He rejoiced in the fact that it revealed their spiritual health - but at the end of the day, he didn't need it.


No, his secret was that he had learnt contentedness over time, whether in plenty or in need, through depending on Christ. 'I can do all this', he says, 'through him who gives me strength'. As Don Carson says 'Paul can do all things, everything that God assigns him to do, through the one who gives him strength. Let the gospel advance, let God's will be done in me and through me, Paul is saying, for I can trust the one who invariably strengthens me to do what he assigns me'. As we grow to know Christ better and depend on him, may we too know true contentedness.


I've now heard Iranian Ayyob Babanajuad's testimony three times and it never ceases to amaze me. God's hand has been wonderfully and graciously upon his life from day 1. At our Friday potluck, we were blessed to hear how a man working for the Turkish secret service came to know Christ. And despite persecution, the physical results of which he still suffers, and a miraculous avoidance of the fate which met Jamal Khashoggi, he can forgive his oppressors. Ayyob is also developing a successful ministry to Muslims. Praise the Lord!


Blessings

 

Pastor Chris

Last Updated on Tuesday, 20 November 2018 16:08