Contentment Can Cheat!

Contentment is often good. I usually am very content reading a good book. Relaxing at a beautiful lake can bring contentment. We can be content in a worthwhile career. Nevertheless, there is a contentment that can cheat us out of great blessing. Being content with the status quo can cheat us of opportunities to make a wholesome difference in our world. There is a greater danger with contentment. If we are content with the status quo conditions in much of Christianity today, it will never be the dynamic experience for us that it was for those early Christians. They were ignited! Are we? We have many blessings, if we stop and think. We have one above all others. It is the blessing of an intimate personal relationship and fellowship with Jesus Christ, the Son of God, and through Him with God the Father! Honestly now, has the magnitude of that really gripped you? God is working in you and me and doing His work through us. God inhabiting our humanity, shaping us into the likeness of His Son; that staggers the imagination! The zeal comes when these things are grasped by us. Contentment enables us to look at these things as being interesting without setting our hearts on fire. It would be a good investment of time to thoughtfully read Romans 12:1-21, over and over. It is in this context that we read, “Not slothful in business (the Lord’s business?), fervent in spirit, serving the Lord” (Verse 11). “Fervent” has the idea of being brought to the boiling point; intensity, etc. This kind of Christianity is not dull, boring or routine! Johnson Oatman, Jr. in his hymn, “Higher Ground,” is challenged and so should we be challenged. Would to God that we could truthfully say, “I’m pressing on the upward way, new heights I’m gaining every day–still praying as I’m onward bound, ‘Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.'” Lord, lift me up and let me stand  by faith on Heaven’s table-land; a higher plane than I have found– Lord, plant my feet on higher ground.” Selah! Contentment that allows us to live in a spiritual rut robs us of the joy and wonder of the life changing power of God’s Presence in us! Reject this kind of contentment and determine to go on to higher and higher ground!  Ron

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