From the Pastor's Desk - January 2014

From the Pastor’s Desk – One of the verses from the Apostle Paul’s writings fascinates me: “I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” (Philippians 4:11) The word contentment means “to be satisfied with things as they are.”  If there was ever a time that we seem to be lacking contentment, it is today. Rather the word in vogue today seems to be boredom – which is a symptom of the problem of the lack of contentment.

Now remember, when Paul wrote these words he was in prison in Rome. Granted, he was not in a dungeon as in other times, but still, his freedom was limited. He could receive guest, but he could not come and go as he pleased. And he was chained 24/7 to a Roman soldier. Talk about not having any privacy or time to yourself. But Paul did not complain about his situation. Instead he expressed his contentment in the Lord as he encouraged others.  He wrote, Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! (Philippians 4:4) In fact, as unpleasant as his circumstances were, he could affirm that the things which had happened to him had worked for the “progress” of the gospel (Philippians 1:12).I think that he could say these things because his eyes were not on his situation or how others treated him or even his lack of things to do. He looked to the Lord who gave him peace beyond his situation and joy no matter what he faced.

So how did Paul learn contentment? What are the lessons we need to learn from him? I believe the answer is in Paul’s walk with the Lord. He kept his focus on the Lord and not the things around him. His greatest desire was to live for Christ, rather than what he had or did not have.

B.B. McKinney wrote a beautiful hymn “I Am Satisfied With Jesus. It ends with a question we must ask ourselves:

I am satisfied with Jesus, He has done so much for me.
He has suffered to redeem me, He has died to set me free.

I am satisfied, I am satisfied, I am satisfied with Jesus.
But the question comes to me, as I think of Calvary, 
Is my Master satisfied with me?

I am certain if we spend our time seeking the answer to that question and making certain that our lives are pleasing to the Lord, we will not only answer that question, but find that our lives are filled with contentment and satisfaction. I am praying that you have a great new year and that in it you will find contentment. Pastor Keith

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