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I Wouldn’t Do Anything Else

Over the course of my collegiate and professional lives, I’ve been told I could do many things. In college, I was told I’d be a good detective, as I took Administration of Justice courses, or a teacher, as I led a number of study groups. I’ve been told I have a promising career in customer service, as a man, who was formerly rude to me, tried to coax me from one company to his own. Yet in it all, I found no true peace with contentment. Sure, I’ve made a lot of money, I’ve done things that change and impact lives in the secular world, but nothing is more profound, more earth moving than being in the will of God. This past Sunday, the congregation my family and I serve let us know they love us in a big way. Even then, though I am still, largely, speechless over the gift, I know it is not about being appreciated, liked, and loved (which this body of believers is good at making me feel!).

No, beloved, the place I wouldn’t ever desire to leave is in the place of God’s will. I desire it with my heart. It may not be understood by all. It may take its toll on my life in ways where I am required to make very large sacrifices, but I have never found a place of deeper joy and contentment than here, in God’s will. I wouldn’t do anything else. I desire nothing else beyond this, and this is what I would encourage you to seek as well. All too often, loved ones, we allow the world to tell us what we need: to do what makes us happy, to have a house, to have a career, to have this many extra activities, and this many friends... it is never enough. But, with little or with much, with joy and pain, with peace and hardship, there is no place of greater contentment than in the will of God. Desire it, seek after it, ignore the world and what it says we must have. The Word says that in godliness with contentment there is great gain, and here is where we find that place of peace.

1 Timothy 6

Let all who are under a yoke as bondservants regard their own masters as worthy of all honor, so that the name of God and the teaching may not be reviled. Those who have believing masters must not be disrespectful on the ground that they are brothers; rather they must serve all the better since those who benefit by their good service are believers and beloved.

Teach and urge these things. If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

But as for you, O man of God, flee these things. Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will display at the proper time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords, who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life.

O Timothy, guard the deposit entrusted to you. Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.

Grace be with you.

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