Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Contentment, Prosperity, & God's Glory - Intro

Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory [ISBN 978-1-601778-232-8] is a book of sermons by Jeremiah Burroughs on achieving contentment during times of abundance which were compiled as an appendix to The Rare Jewel of Christian Contentment.  The Rare Jewel helps the Christian to find contentment in times of want, while these follow-up sermons help the Christian to find contentment in times of prosperity.  In both books, Mr. Burroughs expounds Philippians 4:12, "I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need."

The doctrine presented in Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory is that "[a] Christian is taught by God to know how to be full," (p. 9).  Jeremiah Burroughs notes that "[i]t is a better lesson for one to learn how to honor God in fullness than it is to learn how he can get full...You are therefore full because you have all things that are necessary, even though you may not have everything on which you have set your eye...It's a good sign of grace to be more concerned about how to abound than how to get abundance--to be more careful to use what you have for God than to maintain it for yourselves," (pp. 10-11).

In the following chapters he will address:
  1. What Learning to Be Full Means
  2. The Difficulty of Learning to Be Full
  3. The Necessity of Learning to Be Full
  4. The Excellency of Learning to Be Full
  5. The Mystery of Learning to Be Full
  6. Lessons for Learning to Be Full
  7. Increasing the Guilt of Sins of Abundance
  8. Applications for Improving Prosperous Conditions
  9. Concluding Words on Contentment
The author commends the reader to make "a good interpretation of God's mercies and dealings toward you.  Have good thoughts of God and make good interpretations of His dealings toward you," (p. 7).

This small booklet is a quick read, but will provide a life-time of godly guidance and conviction as the Christian conforms to the image of Christ.

"Not that we are sufficient of ourselves to think any thing as of ourselves; but our sufficiency is of God," (2 Cor. 3:5).