Be Content

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There she is: clothed in dignity and in strength, laughing without fear of the future. She holds her head up high, fully aware of her surroundings and the needs of her friends and family. She is slow to speak, slow to anger, and always reacting with caution and poise. She speaks truth and nothing but the truth. Early in the morning she is found reading her Bible and writing down her desperate prayers. She is quick to detect quivers in friends’ voices and uncertainty in one’s mind, always ready to offer guidance and wisdom from the Holy Spirit. Her witnesses then begin to wonder, she is not the wealthiest and most successful woman they had ever known. What is this confidence that this woman so graciously carries? She is content and confident in the truth of who she is in light of Whom she represents.

 

“We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” (2 Cor. 5:20)

 

We, as women, are ambassadors of Christ. Through us, God makes His appeal to those He is trying to reach. Therefore, we are to be reconciled to God. This is not a calling to live a super spiritual life, but to simply live our lives in the grace and truth God has given us. As ambassadors of Christ, we are representing the nature and character of God. At first thought, that’s a huge weight to carry, for we are humans full of faults and are always making mistakes of our own. Yet, let me explain a way that’s easier and flows beautifully in our everyday lives. Ready?

 

Be content.

 

Contentment will bring you satisfaction, happiness, and confidence in the Lord. What God has given you, bless the name of the Lord. What God has taken away from you, bless the name of the Lord. Be content in your relationship with God by freely accepting whatever circumstances He has asked you to walk through. As you walk through those circumstances, whether a time of blessing or hardship. You will have an audience watching how you cope and accept these things as they happen to you. You have a choice to represent Christ or not.

 

Will she continue to cling to this God that she has boldly claimed to believe, or will she give it up?

 

Honestly, I can remember several times I’ve misrepresented Christ, and it’s the worst feeling once you think of all the people who have witnessed it. I’ve come to realize that I have higher expectations of myself – more so than God. God knows we are but flesh and dust, redeemed by the blood of Jesus Christ. He knows we are susceptible to failure, and that’s where He wants to pick us up again so He can lovingly teach and uphold us. In that desperate and vulnerable moment before God, He extends His grace in forgiveness and still gives me the chance to be His ambassador.

 

Watching other Christians live their lives eventually led me to personally believe in Jesus Christ as my Savior. I saw how they walked in confidence and contentment, although not everything in their lives was working out at the moment. Blessings seemed to follow their footsteps, in ways I couldn’t figure out logically. They never sought recognition or success – it just came to them naturally. They had a deep care for those not only close to them but for complete strangers. They took the time to invest in me, although they knew I wasn’t a Christian at the time. Seeing this wonderful example, changed my life. All the glory always belongs to God, but what amazing ambassadors of Christ these people were!

 

Let me encourage you to live your life in contentment as an ambassador of Christ. Live in the confidence of the truth, for your actions whether big or small will affect others, and you never know who is watching. I personally don’t have the human wisdom to tell you how to be content, but the Bible does. So here are some verses of encouragement for you. May you be blessed, my friends.

 

“Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content.”

Philippians 4:11

 

“Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have, for He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “the Lord is my helper, I will not fear. What can man do to me?”

Hebrews 13:5

 

“Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”

1 Timothy 6:6–8

 

Micaela

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