The secret of being content
What I noticed coming back from sabbatical was the amount of stress that our people are feeling. When I asked during my sermon, “Who is feeling mentally and physically exhausted?” two thirds of the church raised their hand. The effects of the COVID19 pandemic were palpable. I also noticed that some of our senior, and immune-suppressed people, have not yet returned to church, having been advised by their doctors to stay at home. Other people have lost jobs and income, or worry that this could still happen. We are living in uncertain times.
So how should we respond as Christians – both individually and collectively? How do you feel about making a habit of starting your day in prayer and in the Word? Perspective in➡ perspective out! In all four Gospels Jesus repeatedly begins by saying “I tell you the truth…” The Bible brings Truth (who is Jesus) to life, and the Spirit makes that Truth relevant to our lives. The Truth sets us free. Jesus said “I am the way and the truth and the life.”
In Philippians 4: 11-12 Paul says that he has learned the secret of being content in whatever circumstances. He trusted that God was sovereign over his life, whether he had plenty or little. By feeding our soul with the Truth we can all learn, like Paul, to say, “I can do everything through Him who gives me strength,” Php 4:13.
Be steadfast, be kind, be faithful
Grace and peace to you from God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Spirit.
Praying for you