Friday, May 17, 2013

Christian Contentment


Today’s blog was inspired by a Pastor’s Fellowship breakfast that I attend once a month. The topic for today was “Contentment.”

Naturally the opening question was along the lines of, “are you content?” Each man present gave a brief reply. As you would imagine a discussion ensued concerning this great topic. We were challenged with such questions as:

  • What is contentment?
  • How does one obtain/achieve contentment?
  • What affects our contentment?
  • Why is it so hard to experience or achieve?
Our attention was obviously directed to the Apostle Paul’s great testimony and statement concerning contentment in his own life at a time when one would expect him to least experience it.

Paul writes, “But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at last your care for me has flourished again; though you surely did care, but you lacked opportunity. Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, [to be brought into a humble condition] and I know how to abound [to exceed a certain number or measure] Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:1-1-3, ESV)

One of the goals of my blog is to expose my readers to a variety of spiritually beneficial topics, books, articles, thoughts and people.

I shared these things with you so that could expose you to a great book and great writer. The best book, apart from the Bible, that I have found on the “art & secret” of contentment is called:

The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment



and it is written by Jeremiah Burroughs. It is published by Banner of Truth Trust. I believe that every reader should stop what they are doing, click on the link for Banner Truth Trust and order this book ASAP!

Do it today!

3 comments:

YVONNE LEWIS: said...

Will certainly click on the book Gregg, Wonderful post.

Yvonne.

Persis said...

Ditto your recommendation of the Rare Jewel. Burroughs' appendix to the Rare Jewel, "Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory" was just published by Reformation Heritage Books.

Cathy said...

Contentment! Love this topic! Yes, we are to be content because our life if in Christ! That should be the source of our contentment! I grew up reading The Banner of Truth and still have a few original copies I got from my mother/and grandmother. ♥♥♥