“Contentment Only in Him”

11 May you always be filled with the fruit of your salvation—the righteous character produced in your life by Jesus Christ—for this will bring much glory and praise to God.
Philippians 1:11 (NLT)
A key to producing fruit that gives glory to God is to find contentment only in Him.  Joni Eareckson Tada, who is a dear sister in Christ with quadriplegia, once said,
“I realized that the stakes were far greater, far more immense and cosmic than merely my satisfaction with a wheelchair and its unpleasant baggage. I shifted my focus onto God. His glory was at stake, and that made my satisfaction in Him (not satisfaction with ‘the way things were’) the real issue. It was no longer a matter of being content with His plan for my life; it was a matter of finding Him utterly and supremely the source of all contentment. This, much to my delight, would give Him the greatest glory.”
In times of struggle or pain it easy to become self-focused and self-centered, but there is something more at stake and that is the glory of God.  If our contentment truly resides in God alone, than we will be able to say with Paul, “Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ.”  May our heart be only content in Him and may He grant us the easy and light burden that He has promised.
“So amid the conflict, whether great or small,
 do not be discouraged. God is over all; 
count your many blessings—angels will attend, 
help and comfort give you to your journey’s end.”
-“Count Your Blessings” Hymn
Anchored in Christ,
Aaron R. Force
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