Thursday, June 8, 2017

Contentment, Prosperity, & God's Glory - Chapter 4

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 4, Mr. Burroughs notes several reasons for the necessity of learning to be full.  If those who are full do not learn how to be full:
  1. Then they will be guiltier of abusing the gifts of God than others (p. 53).
  2. Then they will be guilty of sinning against God's mercy more than others (p. 54).
  3. Then they will grow extremely wicked (p. 56).
  4. Then their portion will be in this life (p. 58).
  5. Then their possessions will be cursed to them (p. 60).
  6. Then their evil hearts will be revealed (p. 62).
  7. Then they will do a great deal of harm in the place where they live, not only to themselves but to others (p. 63).
  8. Then the unbelievers' full estate will endanger their salvation exceedingly (p. 64).
  9. Then death will be made more terrible for them (p. 65).
The author reminds the Christian that "[y]ou were made for eternity, and those created things were not.  Therefore, if your hope is in this world only, you are a wretched creature," (p. 58).  He concludes by noting that "Christ tells us what a rich man is: one who trust in his riches," (p. 64)...and that "you must be called to an account for all the things that you enjoy," (p. 65). 

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