Brothers and Sisters,
What a wonderful way to end the holiday weekend by looking at where true contentment is found. It is hard to be thankful when we are not content. The problem comes when our contentment is based on things that truly do not satisfy; therefore, leaving us unsettled and unable to be thankful. This is exactly why Paul penned perhaps the most quoted—and misused—verse of the entire bible, “I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Phil 4:13). Contentment is hard to come by and many never experience it. Paul emphatically states that Christ is the only one who gives contentment. It is a shame, as Tad reminded us Sunday, that many have misused this verse, and in doing so miss the beauty and splendor of Christ to gain contentment. The real power behind this verse is not you getting what ever you want, but rather you can have unshakable contentment—even when you don’t get what you want!
Brothers and Sisters, God wants us to be content (Heb 13:5-6, 1 Tim 6:6-7, 2 Cor 12:7-10). If you lack it, perhaps you could spend a few minutes thinking through what Tad called contentment killers—idolatry, worry, envy, lack of patience, doubt—and ask the honest question, “Which of these is taking my focus off Christ?” Remember, it is only through Christ that contentment is possible (hints Philippians 4:13), and be encouraged, even the great Paul had to “learn” contentment (Phil 4:12).
One last reminder that this coming Sunday December 4th from 6pm-9pm we are having our next Members Meeting. Please come and share in hearing all that God is doing in and among us here at COM. We will hear testimonies, information about budget, and share the Lord’s supper together. Mark your calendar, put a reminder in your phone, or write it on your arm to not forget. Childcare will be provided.
Grace be with you,