Contentment, blessing, abundance, ordinary, daily, calling, purpose, vision, responsibility, expectations, provision…
Just some of the things rolling around in my head the last few days. And then i was reminded of these verses:
1Tim1:6-12 But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Phil 4:11-13 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
It seems like today, there are 2 extremes in Christianity: 1. Blessing, abundance, glory, strength to strength, every day is just another day to do more miraculous things and see the glory shine brighter and brighter on your face. or 2. i’m a wretched worm that is breathing only by the grace of God and don’t deserve these few crumbs that He may choose to let me find. i’m poor and sick and identifying with Christ’s weakness and brokenness, all the time.
There’s actually a bit of truth in both extremes. We see that in the second passage above. i’m trying to find the middle ground. i want to remember my wretchedness and brokenness and need of a Savior and also move forward in the power and blessing that He provides and have faith to know that i am son of God and blessed. A humble warrior, a broken conquerer, a man of God.
if you spend anytime on Christian social media circles, you would think that we are in the midst of a Christian superstar revolution - books, conferences, crowds…it’s kind of overwhelming to the 95% of Christians who are just living out their calling faithfully in their sphere of influence. i have big dreams to be a worship leader who leads stadiums in worship and connection to their Creator, but i also have a responsibility to be faithful to my job and bills and neighbors and dad to my girls and the best husband i can be to my far better half.
And there is my struggle - living out the mundane daily days with the same vigor and passion that i would have in singing to a filled stadium or fighting armies of demons at the gates of hell. To be a passionate, Spirit-filled man of God 24/7 no matter what i’m doing or who’s watching.