Dear church,

The happy Christian is the one who is content with the position where God has placed him, even if questions remain about why it is this position where he’s been placed and not some other position. This contentment only comes from Christ himself (Philippians 4:13). 

Some find it easy to listen to the words of our elders and wonder why these people are the ones to whom we must submit. “Surely, there are others who can lead a church!” We think we can do a much better job. And we might be right. 

But that is not the point. The point is to learn to be content with the grace of God, however that grace manifests itself in his church. Sometimes contentment calls for us to make the best of a not-so-good situation and to follow those whom we might not fully agree. Godly contentment requires faith that God is in these things that don’t make total sense to us in the moment. 

We “go too far” when we seize opportunities that God hasn’t given to us. Instead, we should wait for God to demonstrate for himself what his intentions are. “In the morning the Lord will show who is his.”

It does not matter what position we serve in the kingdom of God. What matters is that we are letting God lead.


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