Contentment in Jesus Christ

Posting at 6:24;
awake since 3:34 with thoughts of all the things that are on my two plates for the week,
in addition to the ordinary work that we have to do:
*doctors’ appointments,
*last minute details for publishing our next book, GOD Is Our Goal ~ GOD’S Plan for His People
*writing this post
*writing a letter for our two-year-old great-granddaughter on the occasion of her dedication next Lord’s Day
*keeping a watch on and dressing the diabetic ulcer on Jerry’s foot, etc.
First and last of all these things is my duty as Jerry’s caregiver.
Yet, God has provided His grace for the other things He has planned for us, all to His glory.

How do we do all that He has planned without bouncing off the walls or ending in a tailspin? Where do we start and end with our list?

God, our Father was content before the foundation of the world with His Son, Jesus Christ.
They were content, together, to plan for Jesus to come to us, to live a perfect life for us, to give His life for us for our salvation.
They are content now with what they have done and what they are doing continually for us and in us.
The Course and the Source

This morning as I look at my two full plates, I see Jesus as the main course for this week and every week. Everything is arranged around Him. He is the physician. He is the reason for writing a letter to my great-granddaughter. He is the source of contentment in the middle of what could be confusion and frustration.

When things seem hectic, the Father says, “Listen to my Son.”
Jesus says, “Come to me, all you who labor and are heavy-laden.”

He is the Shepherd, keeping and leading His sheep in the way we are to go. imagesIn time we learn that when we get ahead of Him, He lets us go until our impatient steam runs out. Then, we wait for Him to renew, refresh and restore us in Christ, to continue with joy and contentment in Him. At other times He holds us back, and keeps us close until He leads us out in the right path that He has chosen for the moment and for the day.

Some of God’s children live under the oppressive spirit of this world. It doesn’t have to be this way. The Father has given us His Son. The Son has given us Himself for a life of contentment now and forever.

Much more can be said about the contentment that is ours in Christ; perhaps Part 2, later this week.

Please comment on why our contentment is first and foremost in Christ; to add to Part 2.

Gracious Father in heaven, we thank you for granting us all things that pertain to life and godliness through Jesus Christ, your Son. Draw us today to Him; in and through Him keep us close to you, leading us to fulfill all that you have planned for us. Let our contentment be in Him and Him alone. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen.
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9 thoughts on “Contentment in Jesus Christ

  1. He is our good Father. He loves us, understands us, comforts us, guides us like no one else and nothing else ever can. He alone can comfort us with His peace that surpasses all understanding. So even when my house is a mess, my children are screaming, and my to-do list is waaaaaay too long, I can always find my comfort in my Father’s lap. He always invites me to rest in Him. Reminds me of what Paul says, in all things, in all ways, he had found contentment. In rich, in poor, in sick and in health. Because our contentment should lie in HIM, not in our world. Thanks for such a lovely post, Fran! 🙂 Wishing you well this busy week of yours!

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    • Thank you for your comment. We shared last week in our series on Contentment, Contentment with the Father; this week Contentment in Jesus Christ; next week, Contentment in the Holy Spirit. Christ is infinitely the center and heart of our contentment, and as you have reiterated, first and foremost in Christ. We will continue to write on this subject as the Lord directs us. We desperately need to know this work of the Trinity in us as children of the Kingdom, and witness to those around us.

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    • Rick, thank you for your comment. As we are sharing this series on our blog, we are looking at different facets of divine contentment each week. Last week we wrote about the Father’s work in our contentment. Next week we will be writing about the Holy Spirit’s work. This week we especially wanted to center on Christ, but we see that they all work together. Have a blessed week. ~ Fran

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