Hanging in the Balance

Today is such a fascinating day.  It is the day between Good Friday, which commemorates the crucifixion of Christ, and Easter, the day of Christ’s resurrection. It is a day that some 2,000 years ago the disciples would have mourned and contemplated the future of this great movement their Rabbi had started. The future was unknown to them.  It seemed that this great man, the very Son of God, had just been murdered on a cross and this new movement known as ‘The Way’ was now in jeopardy.  What would the days ahead bring?  Many of them had abandoned their previous careers and callings to follow Christ.  Would they return to these previous professions?  Would they be linked with this ‘revolutionary’ and experience a similar fate?  So many questions and seemingly so few answers.

Have you ever been there?  You seem to be in a place of uncertainty.  You are hanging in this balance of what was and possibly what could be. For the story of Christ, we know the ending.  We know that Christ did rise again and the movement eventually called ‘Christianity’ not only survived, but impacted the entire known world of that day.  For your life, though, what does the future hold?  What will the coming days, weeks and months bring?  Although I can’t answer those questions specifically, the Apostle Paul penned some powerful words only a few years after Christ’s resurrection that apply very well to this place of uncertainty:

“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)

“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.” (Romans 8:28)

Remember that although you don’t know all the answers and what the future might hold, there is a God that holds the future and is not uncertain.  He is ‘working all things’ toward His purposes and will not abandon or forget you!

The Balance of Contentment

Whether you realize it or not, the issue of contentment has become a major issue in our country today. With the issues we’ve been facing in our economy as well as other uncertainties regarding the upcoming election, people are worried. And worry is the result of being discontent with the current or expected circumstances.

Along those lines, our spiritual walk is a constant battle with where our contentment and discontentment lie. As followers of Christ we should be content with what we have materially. Now let me explain – when we are discontent with ‘what we have’ we strive for more and our focus shifts off of Christ. We become slaves to our greed and desire for more. As the Apostle Paul explains, we should be content with what we have in the material.

As we are content with the material, though, we need to be discontent with the spiritual. I don’t mean a frustration or anger, but rather a holy discontent. An unwavering hunger and passion for more of God. Too often we get these backwards. We allow ourselves to be content spiritually and discontent materially. Today, strive to flip it around – be a materially content, spiritually discontent follower of Christ! In that you will find the Balance of Contentment.

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