From Pastor’s Desk: 10-12-2014
A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones. – Proverbs 14:30 (NIV)
Envy may be one of the great sins of our generation. Television and the Internet expose us to the lifestyles of the rich and famous, and, deep in our heart, we want to be like them. How can we tell that we are envious? Look at the deep sense of dissatisfaction that permeates our society. People are not happy because people want more than they have. Our envy has made life rotten to the bones, and the need for repentance in America is as great as ever. (Dave Whitehead, Senior Pastor, GraceNYC.org)
Not that anyone I know (me included) has achieved it, but Paul’s words come to mind from Philippians 4:11: “…I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
We should constantly strive for “high level contentment” because the more contented we become, the stronger our faith. Of course, that could be switched to say the stronger our faith, the more contended we become.
No matter how it’s worded, there are, I believe, spiritual plateaus that God wants to effect in us. He can do that only as our faith evidences degrees of contentment. When contentment is evident on the current level, it is then He can move us to the next. God will move us from faith to faith, from glory to glory, when we adhere to the “line upon line, precept upon precept” concept of His word. Until we do, we pretty much stay on the current plateau. The big problem with that is that, usually, when there is no progression, there is great danger of digression.