Contented?

Readings  Revelation 2

Would your wife or mom be content with this kitchen?  Would you be content with what she could cook in it?

This lady made some great tortillas there!  Check out the new garbage disposal outside!

Revelation 2:2-5 (NIV)
2 I know your deeds, your hard work and your perseverance. I know that you cannot tolerate wicked men, that you have tested those who claim to be apostles but are not, and have found them false.
3 You have persevered and have endured hardships for my name, and have not grown weary.
4 Yet I hold this against you: You have forsaken your first love.
5 Remember the height from which you have fallen! Repent and do the things you did at first. If you do not repent, I will come to you and remove your lampstand from its place.

Dear discontents(hopefully not),

I have been drawn to the second chapter of Revelation recently.  Can’t seem to get away from some thoughts.

Been thinking about contentment and what it really means!  How would you define contentment?

When are you content?  Is it when everything is going right in your life?  Or is it possible to be content in the midst of difficult times?

When I was dating my wife, it did not matter where I was, as long as she was with me.  We could be at home, the beach, the mall, a field, anywhere and I was content.  It could be hot or cold, rainy or sunny.  Simply having her by my side made me happy.

Did that change when we got married?  Didn’t seem to at first.  But it seems that life becomes more complicated.  We have responsibilities.  Jobs get in the way.  Other people must be involved.  Bills need to be paid.  Houses kept up.  Yards to care for.

When the underwear is left behind the door, the dishes are not cleaned, the car is not cared for, the dog is not walked, the bill is not paid, the friend is not called, the word is not spoken, the flowers are not bought, the door is not opened, the phone call is not made, the dinner is not made, the clothes are not folded, the toilet is not fixed….., suddenly the contentment that just being together seemed to bring, isn’t quite the same.

Seems like somewhere along the line, it is great being together, but the bills need to be paid, the clothes need to be picked up,…………..  Full contentment with each other at times seems to require more than just one another.  So many people get to the point of saying later on, “I just don’t love him anymore.”  What happened?

What happened in Revelation 2?  What happened with the Church of Ephesus?  Jesus is commending the church for all the good things they are doing, and have done, but then tells them, “you have left your first love.”  What does that mean?”

It seems to me that He is saying, “You just aren’t content with me alone anymore.  You are consumed with doing what is right, at the expense of leaving me out of the activity.  You are enamored with what I have done, rather than with my person.  You are doing things because it is right to do, not just because you love being with me.”

I think the Church in general has difficulty with this concept of contentment.  I believe it was Mike who shared an illustration in the past that reflects this.  This is a paraphrase.  A father comes home and because of his love for his son, gives him a Xbox to play with.  His son is thrilled, and quickly thanks his father, then begins to play with it.  Day after day, he becomes more involved with the games, and one night his father comes home, and wants to spend time with his son.  The son is too engrossed with the game, and doesn’t want to spend time with his dad.  That is not what the father wanted when he gave the gift.  But the son seems more interested in the gift than his dad.

Have we become more enamored with what Jesus can do, or has done for us, rather than with Him alone?

Let’s return to our first love.  Let’s be content with Jesus alone.  Let’s do things out of love for Him, rather than just because it is the right thing to do.  There may seem to be a fine line there, but I think it is an important one not to cross.

Love,

Steve

How do you maintain your “first love” with Jesus?

Men, how are we doing with our marriages?

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