All of the above is really nothing to worry about, because as Jesus demonstrated, I must be about my father’s business, but I least understand that Jesus did equate busy with productivity, or more literally, fruit bearing. Most fruit that I know anything at all about take more than a little time to ripen to become fit for consumption.
Many of my articles this year will be about “Growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ,” so this little bit that I speared as it went swimming by strikes my fancy.
“A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in this world."
Joseph Addison, British writer
The quote was in the ROA Smartbrief, the publication of the Reserve Office Association. No, I was not in the Air Force, I am a GA pilot, but Oral Deckard sent the mag to me. He was in the Air Force but is not a pilot.
The Apostle Paul stated in 1 Timothy 6:6, “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
I have never attended a motivation seminar on “Being Content In Twelve Easy Steps.” Could it be that there are 13 steps to contentment?
The Bible clearly states that if we are growing in Christ we will be the opposite of the chaos within the preceding context of 1Timothy 6:6. Truth be known, too many of us are in the raging crowd defined in the context. A paraphrase of today’s using verse 5 and 6 makes it real simple for the climate in today’s religious atmosphere: “These people think religion is supposed to make you rich. And religion does make your life rich, by making you content with what you have.”
Strange to read an American preacher opine about being content with what I have, isn’t it?
Yet, a big part of growing in Christ is stepping out of the madding crowd and learning the value of the eternal verses the temporal. We are told to pray for our leaders, nationally and spiritually for some reasons that run counter to current thought on the life religious. Note Paul again, 1 Timothy 2:2, “For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” I assume a month long series on this subject will fill the auditorium to overflowing!
A quiet and peaceable life at home. Wow! Talk about a novel approach to the satisfied life.
Copyright © 2015 Larry Lilly
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