The New Year is a time we turn over a new leaf. We make resolutions. We try harder. (watch the video above)
This New Year, resolve to stop trying so hard. Learn to rest in God. Learn to be content.
The answer to your problems is not that you try harder. It’s that you rest in the grace of God.
“If anyone teaches false doctrines and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, he is conceited and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions and constant friction between men of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain. 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” (1 Timothy 6:3-11, NIV).
Godly living is a result of godly teaching (v. 3). We must teach biblical truth, not our own ideas. We must teach all of God’s Word, not sticking to our favorite parts or safe themes. We must teach the whole gospel that God is holy, we are sinful, and Christ alone can save us. We must not use religion jargon, but concrete language that people understand today. We must teach God’s Word for the purpose of godly living.
Some religious leaders couldn’t care less about biblical truth, but are in it for the fame or the money. But when we’re faithful to God’s Word, we will not please everyone. But some have chosen to focus on what is popular.
We primarily must hold to the Bible as our standard for living, hope, and joy in life.
Contentment comes from letting go of worldly pursuits (v. 6-10). We often base our comfort level on our possessions and social status. But what do we really need? No matter what our social status, we can be content with what we have. Even though He was hungry, Christ said that he had food that we were not aware of (John 4:32). And that was to do God’s will.
Instead, base our contentment in Christ. When we remain in him, we find great riches. Not riches of wealth, but riches of faith, hope, joy, and love. We reap the fruit of the Spirit. Wealth is temporal, but when we gain Christ, we gain eternal riches beyond this earth.
Focusing on contentment is not a license to be lazy (v. 11). When we focus on the things that we don’t have, we don’t realize the blessings that we have. When we focus on what we are, we tend to be motivated to live more godly lives. Cling to the blessings of faith that God has given you.
Pastor Chris Huff has been with us since July 2009. He and his wife, Abby, have four children. Chris is originally from St. Louis, MO and even though he was raised as a city boy, he has a small town heart. Chris is all over the internet, so you can find him on Facebook, Twitter,… (read more)