Tuesday, June 27, 2017

Contentment, Prosperity, & God's Glory - Chapter 9

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 9, Mr. Burroughs gives several applications for improving the prosperous condition of a Christian:
  1. All that has been said up [to] this point serves to rebuke those who are concerned only with learning how to gain abundance in the world but are not concerned with learning how to abound (p. 106).
  2. We are taught that an excellent thing religion is; it helps us in every condition (p. 107).
  3. Based upon what we have heard, there should be moderation in all our desires for the things in this world (p. 109).
  4. Any of you with rich friends now see the great need there is for you to pray for them (p. 110).
  5. In all your abundance, learn thoroughly your utter dependence upon God (p. 110).
  6. While you may be above in your abundance, let your hearts be attentive to the meager, low condition of others (p. 113).
  7. To those whom God has given these mercies...praise Him for His blessings, but especially praise Him if He has blessed His blessings to you (p. 113)
The author simply states the condition of most American Christians: "The life of many men and women is nothing more than learning how to better use their wealth," (p. 112).


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