"The Mind of Christ & Contentment" - Saturday, July 23rd
For I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. Nevertheless, you have done well to share with me in my affliction …. And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus. Now to our God and Father be the glory forever and ever. Amen. Philippians 4:11B-14, 19-20
Today's thoughts from today's verse:
Those who have the “Mind of Christ” are those who are seeking Christ with all their heart, are learning how to experience his presence, are being filled with his life, are yielding to his work of transformation, and are letting him shine out of their heart and life to a troubled and broken world. Truly, those who have the “Mind of Christ” are living a life that really counts and makes a difference. The difference their lives make really counts because they “conduct themselves in a manner worthy of the gospel of Christ” and because they are (in partnership with other believers) “standing firm in one spirit, with one mind striving together for the faith of the gospel.
Now think about the kind of life we are talking about here. Can there really be any other kind of life more meaningful, more significant, or more fulfilling than this kind of life? Don’t think so! And having a life that is meaningful, significant, and fulfilling is the stuff of contentment. The Apostle Paul understood and lived this our fully as we see in today’s Scripture. His contentment came from living for a cause greater than himself and allowed him to transcend the circumstances of his life. Regardless of how his circumstances fluctuated, he was able to stay content as he lived fully for God and his glory forever and ever. Amen.
This is why Jesus said, “Seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness and all these things (earthly needs) will be added unto you.” And it is why the Apostle Paul says, “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Those who have the “Mind of Christ” will live for sake of the Kingdom and the Gospel of Christ. Those who live for this great cause will be content in all circumstances. Those who have this godly contentment with be satisfied with the changing level of provision of God chooses for their lives.
Today's prayer response from today's thoughts:
Lord, here is my prayer and I eagerly wait on you to answer it more fully in my life than ever before: “May the Mind of Christ, My Savior, live in me from day to day, by his love and power controlling all I do and say. May his beauty rest upon me as I seek the lost to win, and may they forget the channel, seeing only him.” Amen!
Posted on Sat, July 23, 2016
by Ken Hart