Dreaming big with calm contentment

Gospel ministry is an exciting pursuit, however there are two sides of the ledge to be wary of.

The first is having such a big dream/vision/aim that you struggle with ever being really content in how God is using you. You might have planned to plant a church, start a non-Christian friendly group, ask that guy along to church. And now that thing isn’t happening you might feel really disgruntled. Doesn’t God know all the effort you put into it!?!
That’s dreaming without contentment.

The other is to be so content with how things are that you don’t ever dream. You don’t get excited about how God could use you in the future, how things might be. You’re just too content with the gospel ministry you’re doing at the moment.

Paul was such a good model of this. Paul was anxious for the Philippians (2:28) — who he told not to be anxious (4:6). Paul dreamed of preaching the gospel when no one else had laid a foundation (Rom 15:20). And he also longed to encourage the brothers in Rome just with his presence (1:11). But he was also content with dying and being with Christ (Phil 1:23).

That’s the key isn’t it? Being so ready and willing to die should give us all a new lease on life… and how we might be able to use it for God.

Contentment isn’t gained, it’s realised

If you’re waiting for something to happen before you’re content, you’ll be waiting a long time.
If you expect that you’ll be content when you have that ‘thing’ that you think you really need, that expectation will never go away.
Contentment isn’t gained. It doesn’t come to you. It doesn’t arrive as an added bonus to certain things in life.
Contentment is realised. Contentment is a realisation that you don’t need other things, that you don’t have to wait for something to happen.
Christians should be great at this… because we’re the only ones who have reason to be content… we have the living God as our daddy through his grace rather than through our worth.
We, of all people, should realise that we don’t need anything else. We should be killing it in the contentment department.
So why aren’t we?