In Christ You Have Everything - October 19, 2017

Define yourself by stuff, and you’ll feel good when you have a lot, and you’ll feel bad when you don’t. The cycle is predictable. If I get a car, I’ll be happy. If I get married, I’ll be happy…or if I get the new job.  But in each case the joy comes and then diminishes. By the time you reach old age, you’ve ridden a roller coaster of hope and disappointment. And you are suspicious that life will let you down again.

Contingent contentment turns us into wounded, worried people. But Christ-based contentment turns us into happy people. Death, failure, betrayal, sickness, disappointment—they cannot take our joy, because they cannot take our Jesus. Write this down! In Christ you have everything! He can give you a happiness that can never be taken, a grace that will never expire, and a wisdom that will ever increase. He is a fountain of living hope that will never be exhausted!

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