“Blessed assurance Jesus is mine – Fanny Crosby”
I love the hymn “Blessed Assurance”, it was written by Fanny Crosby. Crosby was only six months old when she became blind, yet without being able to see all her life she wrote the hymn “Blessed Assurance, Jesus is mine!”
Contentment is arguably a very important feature needed to live a fulfilled life. Many of us know this yet we choose the opposite. We choose to nag about what we don’t have, what we ‘think’ would make our lives better or continuously compare ourselves to our neighbour. With the rise of social media in the world today it is so easy to be discontent. If you are reading this and feel discontent in anyway, I would like to remind you that Jesus is enough for you and you are enough for Jesus as you are. You don’t need “this, that or the other” before you can come to Jesus or follow Him. He would accept you, just as you are.
I believe the goal of Christians is to be “Christ-like; to live like Jesus”. Jesus Christ did not live in some big mansion, drive in a fancy car or what have you. Jesus Christ; the King of Kings and Lord of Lords, the Son of God was a carpenter (an epitome of humility). It’s not a bad thing to aim high and aspire to be someone or reach a goal. The main point is that we should be content with what we already have and who we already are. A saying goes something like this “If you cannot use the little you have now, how would you be able to use the more you hope to be given?”. God has given us so much; the gift of life, grace, talents, joy, mercy, blessed assurance, yet we still want more.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6 (KJV)
The world teaches us to want more, but the cycle just never ends. Chasing after the latest will never bring satisfaction because there would always be something new, something better. Sure we can get some form of “happiness” from the latest, but it does not last. Only Jesus can bring genuine and complete satisfaction. As humans it might be our nature to want more but when we have Jesus we can be content in life through the blessed assurance that He gives. It says in Matthew 6:30 – 32 (MSG)
“If God gives such attention to the appearance of wildflowers—most of which are never even seen—don’t you think he’ll attend to you, take pride in you, do his best for you? What I’m trying to do here is to get you to relax, to not be so preoccupied with getting, so you can respond to God’s giving. People who don’t know God and the way he works fuss over these things, but you know both God and how he works.”
How then can we find contentment? An answer is in the scripture below ; let us try to live it day by day;
“But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.” Mathew 6:33 (KJV)
If at all we want to chase after anything, let it be “To seek Gods Kingdom and his righteousness”, only then can we find true contentment.
Jesus is enough for you and for me.
IfeOluwa Jaiyesimi ©
The Revolutionary Righter ©