Tuesday, June 13, 2017

Contentment, Prosperity, & God's Glory - Chapter 5

Contentment, Prosperity, and God's Glory [ISBN 978-1-601778-232-8] is 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."

In Chapter 5, Mr. Burroughs details the several ways in which the excellency of learning to be full can be seen:
  1. It shows great nobility in the heart of man (p. 66).
  2. Whatever grace such a man has is much more evident than other men's graces and is more beautiful (p. 67).
  3. It is an excellency because it is so rare (p. 67).
  4. It is proof that someone is strong in grace when he is full and has learned how to be full--that is, how to be moderate in his prosperity (p. 68).
  5. A person who has learned to be full is in a position to do a great deal of good (p. 70).
  6. When it comes time for you to die, oh how sweet you will die when you can say, "Oh, Lord, remember me for this good." (p. 71)
  7. If God should ever bring affliction into your life, you would find sweetness and comfort in the fact that you have used your prosperity well (p. 72).
  8. This is the way that God attains His purpose and the purpose of His creatures (p. 72).
The author exhorts that "God highly esteems those who constantly render to Him the rent of praise and honor for the many enjoyments they have in the world.  This cannot help but bring you a great deal of comfort and shows the excellency of learning how to be full," (p. 73).


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