Content but never satisfied

I read somewhere that Christians should be “called” but not “driven.” We are to be continent (Philippians 4:11), we are “… to make it your ambition to lead a quiet life: You should mind your own business and work with your hands, just as we told you,” (1 Thessalonians 4:11 NIV) I firmly believe these truths but they have always been a challenge for me. I’m the guy that thinks, “Change only comes from discontented people.”; but that’s not true. Instead, I say, “Let us be content but not satisfied.”

Because this is a genuine challenge for me, today I pray:

Jesus, so often I need reminding to be content, to rest in You, to grasp the truth that there’s nothing I need to worry about. For, as Paul wrote, “I have strength for all things in Christ Who empowers me…” (Phil 4:13 NIV) But, in that contentment that You have given, help me to not become satisfied.

Your word says that “The appetite of laborers works for them; their hunger drives them on.” (Proverbs 16:26 NIV). So I say, “Drive on, oh my soul, for the Living Water; for works that show You to the world.” Revive me, I pray, that I may see, again, the worthlessness of this world, the emptiness of a full belly, the transientness of institutional power, the trickery of good intents. Renew my heart that I will throw off all these and everything that hinders and the “sin that so easily entangles.” (Hebrews 12:1 NIV).

Content in You, resting in You, blessed by You; all these are mine, and I embrace them, Jesus. But, may I never say “Enough, I am satisfied.”, Until you call me home. Amen

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