"Contentment in Christ" by Amy Hill
Well, ladies, here we are. Can you believe it has been five weeks already? If you have gotten a little behind in the reading, no worries. Hopefully you will have some time to relax and catch up on your reading this summer. For those of you on schedule, we just finished up the final two chapters, "Christ Is All" and "True Contentment." I am on the schedule to share my thoughts this week, so here it goes…
"To Live Is Christ, To Die Is Gain." In other words, we can't lose. The perishable has put on the imperishable and the mortal has put on immortality. Death is swallowed up in victory! (1 Corinthians 15:54) Sure, we know that intellectually. But do we believe it? Do we live our lives like its true? Paul did. In our reading this week, Matt walked us through much of the apostle Paul's ministry, pointing out that Paul went though some wild swings in life - from ridiculous highs to extreme lows. Through this, we saw that Paul wasn't just a guy who knew a lot of information about the the gospel. Paul lived the gospel. He experienced the gospel first-hand. And his life bore "the fruit of having lived a life captured by the gospel."
An example of that fruit was Paul's unchanging contentment. Indeed, Paul writes in Philippians 4:11b-13, ESV, "I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me."
My child, don't reject the LORD's discipline, and don't be upset when he corrects you. For the LORD corrects those he loves, just as a father corrects a child in whom he delights. Proverbs 3:11-12, NLT