“Fear not, little flock; for it is your Father’s good pleasure to give you the kingdom.”-Luke 12:32
How would you define contentment? Is it having all your wants and needs satisfied, or do you see it as a state of being at peace regardless of the condition of things around you. The latter state is produced by gaining a 360, well rounded, biblical understanding of the work of Christ in the life of the believer. Jesus states this in clear terms in John 10:10 “…I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.” There’s a difference between overemphasizing the benefits of the Cross of Christ in our presentation of the Gospel, at the expense it’s central message, and apprehending the full measure of what It means to have been purchased by the blood of Jesus Christ. Ephesians 1: 3 tells us that God has “…blessed us with all spiritual blessings …”
We all like sheep, have gone astray (Isaiah 53:6). We were helpless, weary and worn out like sheep without a shepherd (Matthew 9:36). But with His blood, He purchased us, to bring us into an intimate, personal relationship with Him, as the sheep of His pasture under His special care and covering. We easily embrace God’s sacrifice for our salvation, but we struggle with grasping his concern and diligent commitment to our daily needs and well-being. Christ did not pay a high prize to make us His possession, to then abandon us to figure out life on our own. God is Jealous for His Name. Philip Keller describes Him as “The Sheepman to whom no trouble is too great as He cares for His flock. He is the rancher who is outstanding because of His fondness for sheep…He is the owner who delights in…seeing His sheep contented, well fed, safe and flourishing under His care.”
Entrusting our lives to Christ’s control does not mean we are shielded from the hardships, frustrations, and stressors of life. But because we belong to the Father, we face trouble with the proper biblical perspective, with peace and confidence, knowing that God is watching and working things for our good. He is the Good Shepherd who did not spare Himself but laid down His life for us (1 John 3:16).