Quiet Time with Jesus – Contentment and Holy Discontent

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

When I was twelve years old, I passed an autograph book round and asked many people to write something in it so that I would remember them. Up till now, I can still remember two messages very clearly.

Written by my P6 teacher: Choices are the hinges of destiny.

Written in Chinese by my brother-in-law: Contentment is happiness.

Now, we make choices everyday. Somebody once said, “Our choices today become our future tomorrow.” We can choose to be contented and grateful. We can also choose to be discontented and bitter. Our choices direct us to our destiny!

The Bible says, 

Godliness with contentment is great gain.
— 1 Timothy 6:6

1 Timothy 6:3-10 tells us NOT TO LOVE MONEY and Hebrews 13:5 tells us to keep our lives FREE FROM THE LOVE OF MONEY and be content with what we have, because God has said,

“Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.”

1 Peter 5:2-3 tells leaders to be shepherds of God’s flock, serving as overseers – not because they must, but because they are willing, as God wants them to be; NOT GREEDY FOR MONEY, but eager to serve; not lording it over those entrusted to them, but being examples to the flock.

On Sunday, 20 Nov 2016, our pastor preached on ‘Holy Discontent’. He was NOT referring to money nor the love of it.  

I re-tuned my mind to hear what God was saying. In a nutshell, God is saying that He is a God of ‘so much more’ – so much more than we can ever imagine. He is not afraid of our ‘empty jars’ - He will keep pouring so long as we have empty jars for Him to fill. God is saying that He is willing to give us all that we need - in fact He can give us much more than we need. The question is how much do we want to receive from Him. The question is how many empty jars do we have.

Old wine skin is hard. It will tear apart when new wine is poured into it whereas new wine skin is soft, flexible, stretchable, expandable, pliable… New wine skin has room for more from God…

What kind of wine skin are you?

How many empty jars do you have?

How many empty jars are there in this church?

Let’s answer these questions with full honesty.

Our pastor said that a church cannot be full of old wine skin!  


My Personal Prayer

Dear God,

Choices are the hinges of destiny - my P6 teacher has written in my autograph book. I choose to ask for more, NOT greedy for money because the love of money is evil. I choose to ask for more of everything You have in store for me.

Please change what I have, change where I am, change what I can do, change how I live and change how I impact others – so that I can accomplish all Your purposes for me. I want my life to be worthy of Your calling. I want to stand before You and hear You say, “Well done, my child.”

In the mighty name of my Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, I pray.

Amen

Lam Yee Ling

May my faith and my actions work together, and my faith be made complete by what I do. James 2:22