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Commitment and Contentment

Spiritual Commitment and Contentment

God is the source of courage, strength, guidance, and protection even when our body is shaking and cannot move our jaw locks, and our whole body is numb because of fear. We have nothing to worry about; it cannot harm you more than your body can handle. He is within us, and God works in mysterious ways. Let the temporal struggle happen, and you will eventually be declared victor. Life can be full of challenges, struggles, sorrows, and rigid and robust decisions. Even in the middle of hardship, the LORD commanded us to be strong and courageous. 

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened and dismayed, for the LORD your God is with you wherever you go—Joshua 1:9. Delight and commit yourself to God; He will give what your heart desires. Trust also in Him; He will never disappoint you and doubt His faithfulness. Do not fear His wrath, which is only reserved for evildoers. God is love, and He is with you. God said: “Don’t you be afraid, for I am with you? Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you. Yes, I will uphold you with the right hand of my righteousness.” (Isaiah 41:10).

God is faithful to His word. When he says it, He will do it. “For Yahweh’s word is correct. All his work is done in faithfulness—(Psalm 33:4). God’s way is better than ours, so let Him make it His way. God knows what is going on, and one of the reasons He sent the Son is to deliver the gospel of Salvation, which is the central message of his mission—the grace of God to our lives.

Hope is free, but how can hope give me what I need today? How well does faith work if I have faith and do not have anything to sustain a healthy body? Faith does not grow on trees for us to depend on but empowers us to fulfill God’s plan. God also blesses us with his grace, a favor we do not deserve. If faith alone did not work, how about faith with work? James said: faith without work is dead. This means faith is not in you; you only want to use it as an excuse not to work your faith up. God blesses those who trust and obey Him.

When faith is futile, the spiritual journey will be in question and linked to material blessing on hold. God does not hold the blessings against you, but you cause them to yourself; spiritual and material blessings are available to those who trust and obey Him. How those blessings will manifest and be helpful to you is when you follow Him without a single doubt about His supremacy and you have a good relationship with Him; God wants us to enjoy life, which is a command, and be content with what we have after you failed to try to better your life.

Patience is humility, and you will find happiness and contentment after you show concern for the sufferings of others. Being blessed with a golden spoon since birth does not mean that God’s favor is on your side, which is a misconception. God does not play favoritism; He is fair and just. Having a better life is a responsibility to be concerned about alleviating the forgotten lives of people in need in your family. 1 Timothy 5:8-“But if someone doesn’t provide for their own family, especially for a member of their household, they have denied the faith.”

This is very uplifting; without the existence of the poor, how will they know they are rich? The message of Paul is something like this: whoever does not care for their relatives, including their family members, is worse than someone who does not believe in God. Everyone should provide for the needs of their own family first and then for less fortunate relatives. Otherwise, consider yourself poor in spirit, and your faith has left you.

Every good deed we do for people experiencing poverty, material or spiritual, has a reward waiting. The following Scriptures confirm this:

 Proverbs 11:25: “Whoever brings blessing will be enriched, and one who waters will himself be watered.”

Proverbs 19:17: “Whoever is kind to the poor lends to the LORD, and he will reward them for what they have done.”

Proverbs 22:9: “The generous will themselves be blessed, for they share their food with the poor.”

After all, these hopes lead to enlightenment in helping the poor in spirit and material things, which brings joy to the heart, and when the hearts feel the joy, we can feel that God is pleased. Having the spirit of contentment is a blessing. Worshipping God from our hearts and helping the poor without expecting in return is a commitment to our souls and the spirit. God bless those who bless others so the blessing remains on them and will never run out of blessings.

Continue the excellent work to bless others; the spirit of contentment is with you. Love and respect others as God wants us to. God is good, and the goodness of God is love; without love, it will be hard to establish a great relationship with Him. To Him who knows to do good and does not do it, to Him, it is sin (James 4:17).

God Bless

Bishop Joseph

Bishop Joseph Vitug, Ph.D. - Bishop Emeritus

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