Being Content and Discontent About the Right Things
(A Meditation on Philippians 4:10-20)
In Philippians chapter 4 the Apostle Paul thanks the church at Philippi for their concern for him and then tells them what he has learned about material possessions and daily provisions. Paul says he has learned to be content. “Content with what?” we ask. Paul is content with the things God provides for him. Paul was content with the amount of food he had each day. He was content with his lodging, his clothing, and his finances.
As I looked over these verses what struck me is that the church today has become content with where we are spiritually, the size of our church, the lost and poverty. Yet we are far too often discontent about our money, clothing, cars, houses and toys. This is the complete opposite of a Biblical worldview. A Biblical worldview says, “God shall supply all your NEEDS according to his riches in Christ Jesus.” A Biblical worldview says, “Seek first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you.” The Apostle Paul was content with the right things. He was content with his daily provisions, but he was discontent about the right things as well. Paul was discontent about the spiritual condition of many of his churches. He was discontent about the great commission and longed to reach more people with the gospel; and he was discontent with his own spiritual growth. He says, “Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.”
It is my ardent prayer that when the history books are closed at the end of 2012, we will be able to read that Winfield Baptist Church was content about the right things and discontent about theright things. Would you join me in praying for the associate pastor search committee in the coming weeks as we seek the man God would have join us here in the work of the ministry and would you join me in praying for the Church Planting Team as they gear up to begin a new work in Sunbury in 2012? May God be praised for the great things he has done, is doing and will do!