Tag: Apostle Paul

Episode 8: Contentment’s Secret

 

I cared not where or how I lived, or what hardships I went through, so that I could but gain souls to Christ.
-David Brainerd

The Apostle Paul wrote words to the Philippian church that echo throughout time and eventually each follower of Christ are challenged by them. “I know what it is to be in need, and i know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in
any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.” Paul then goes on to give the reason for his contentment; “I am able to do all things through the one who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you did well to share with me in my trouble.” The reason for Paul’s contentment and his ability to continue in the difficult mission of Christ was indeed his reliance on Christ. Christian thought tends to end there, but there is more. Paul brings his readers first to Christ then to the expression of His body, the church. Paul’s needs were met by the people of God, his contentment
was given by God.
May neither geography nor difficulties ever chart our course, may we be on mission,
focused on the mission giver, and may we always be found in partnership with fellow
citizens of God’s Kingdom.

Blessings,  F8EAD028-6F13-41B2-9020-8D1078DDDFF3The Downings

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Episode 7: Treasure

Do not think me mad. It is not to make money that I believe a Christian should live. The noblest thing a man can do is, just carry the humbly to receive, and then go amongst others and give.
-David Livingston

There is an old saying that “witnessing is simply one beggar telling another where to get free bread.” We are benefactors of the bread of life, a bread we could not purchase but that has instead been freely given to us, a bread without which we would die. We have been given so much should we not give freely what we have been given? The Apostle Paul describes us as “jars of clay.” We are jars, but jars are not meant to store treasure indefinitely. We must pour into others what we have been given.

May we enthusiastically be about the noblest thing, may we humbly receive then go and give.

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