Thursday, August 14, 2008
The theme for the CG was Holy Discontentment. I shared with all my heart about how we should be Christian that should be contented with the things and giftings that God has given to us, and at the same time, discontented with our spiritual status in the Lord. Holy discontentment is not oxymoron. It is a statement that brings out the beautiful truth of our need to know the magnificent, powerful, awesome, mighty God in our lives.
We can never know God enough. Never.
We need to seek to find Him more and more in our lives.
In fact, Apostle Paul says in Philippians 3:4-14:
4though I myself have reasons for such confidence.
If anyone else thinks he has reasons to put confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; in regard to the law, a Pharisee; 6as for zeal, persecuting the church; as for legalistic righteousness, faultless.
7But whatever was to my profit I now consider loss for the sake of Christ. 8What is more, I consider everything a loss compared to the surpassing greatness of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whose sake I have lost all things. I consider them rubbish, that I may gain Christ 9and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which is through faith in Christ—the righteousness that comes from God and is by faith. 10I want to know Christ and the power of his resurrection and the fellowship of sharing in his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11and so, somehow, to attain to the resurrection from the dead.
Pressing on Toward the Goal12Not that I have already obtained all this, or have already been made perfect, but I press on to take hold of that for which Christ Jesus took hold of me. 13Brothers, I do not consider myself yet to have taken hold of it. But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead, 14I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus.
How true it is! As much Paul wants to know God more, we should also be seeking the Lord in our lives. How can we missed out seeking the God that loved us so much, even till the point of suffering for our sins? Knowing God should not and should never be just about saying the sinners prayer, repenting our sins and asking for forgiveness. It definitely encompass much more than these.
Let us learn, know and appreciate the beautiful reason of drawing near to God simply because He is God.
Article: The Discontented Christian