“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”
Today’s culture certainly cultivates anything but contentment. Never does it suggest that it is possible to be happy and satisfied with our current status and possessions. Or that there is any virtue to gratitude that says, “I have all I need and I am thankful.” However, Paul, who knew daily difficulties and hardships, declared, “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” With that lesson learned, we can stop striving and start serving. With that lesson learned, we can take a few moments each day to count our blessings. You would agree, we are truly a blessed people.
Don’t let your life be one of the pursuit of status, money, and possession, but one of the pursuit of God—the One who truly satisfies. Even in the church, we have to learn to be content in ministry. There are times when we have big desires or want a bigger budget or we get caught in the enemy’s trap of comparing the ministries we lead with other ministries. DON’T DO IT! Learn to work with what God has given and be grateful.
You might be saying, where is this going or this is not the normal inspiration. That is true. We just had the church business meeting a few weeks ago. Now it is time to receive our budgets. So, this message is fitting. We got cut in many areas. Some of our new SALT initiatives for this year will have to be considered next year or not at all. But, I believe that we can be content with what we receive and allow God to bless it and multiply it. So, let us all strive to learn what Paul learned through hardship to be content. We will have a great year!
Let’s ask God to remind us often that He is our portion. Let’s ask God to open our eyes to the enemy’s traps and give us strength to resist the tug towards what does not satisfy.
Passing the Salt,