13th July 2013

To Die For…

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
1 Timothy 6:6 (NIV)

It was one of those television programmes where the couple built their dream home in an idyllic setting. The view out of the lounge window was breath-taking, with gentle sloping hills on the horizon and a river coursing through the valley below among adjacent lush green meadows. Not a house in sight, no high rise apartments, no noisy neighbours, no bus routes, no traffic—no roads! In hindsight, I am ashamed at my immediate reaction to the pastoral view—I said, “That is to die for!” All too quickly I realised what I had said. I looked around at my home and family and admitted that it was a stupid and ungrateful thing to say.

There are so many instances in God’s word where people are happy because they are content or where we are admonished to be content. In Genesis 25:27, we learn of Jacob’s contentment. In Luke 3:14, Jesus instructed some soldiers to be content with their lot in life.  Few have experienced what the apostle Paul went through and yet he was content (Philippians 4:12).

So is that it? We no longer have aspiration? Are we to be so ‘content’ with the present that we do not think of the future? A bold perspective is required to answer this question. Jesus Christ came and gave us the best aspiration of all—to believe in Him, and thus receive a glorious future—forever. This was His aspiration: He was the one who had the vindication to say “That is to die for.”

Prayer
Lord Jesus, I thank you for your aspiration and your unconditional love for us. Thank you for forgiving me for being discontented and ungrateful, for the many blessings you have given, and most of all for your sacrifice. You gave up everything for humanity—to suffer and die for us. Thank you, great God, for the resurrection of your Son and for giving us the greatest hope and aspiration of all time—to live with you forever.
Amen

Study by Irene Wilson

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irenewilsonAbout the Author:
Irene Wilson is a Deaconess in the Watford Congregation of the Worldwide Church of God UK, where she also serves on the Pastoral Council.

Local Congregation:
Worldwide Church of God Watford
St. Peter’s Church
61 Westfield Avenue
Watford, Herts.
WD24 7HF

Meeting Time:
Saturday 11AM

Local Congregational Contact:
George Henderson
Phone:  01923-855570
Email: george-sue.henderson@tesco.net

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