Biblical Contentment, Part X

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September 25, 2019 by directorfsm


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Last night I had the great pleasure of hearing Dr. Hensworth Jonas  preach. His topic in keeping with this years theme was “Faithful Missions in Hostile Times” using John 17:13-19 as his text.  

But now I come to You, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them Your word; and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not pray that You should take them out of the world, but that You should keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify[a] them by Your truth. Your word is truth. 18 As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sakes I sanctify Myself, that they also may be sanctified by the truth. (NKJV)

Pero ahora voy a ti; y hablo esto en el mundo, para que tengan mi gozo cumplido en sí mismos. 14 Yo les he dado tu palabra; y el mundo los aborreció, porque no son del mundo, como tampoco yo soy del mundo. 15 No ruego que los quites del mundo, sino que los guardes del mal. 16 No son del mundo, como tampoco yo soy del mundo. 17 Santifícalos en tu verdad; tu palabra es verdad. 18 Como tú me enviaste al mundo, así yo los he enviado al mundo. 19 Y por ellos yo me santifico a mí mismo, para que también ellos sean santificados en la verdad. (RVR 1960)


He focused on v. 18, As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world to make the case that missions is for all believers. He also said we are to make our case with love and compassion but never ever compromising God’s truth. Then he made a very interesting comparison, those who argue against “Christian Beliefs” are in themselves missionaries of their point of view.

He then broke down into three points the force for personal missions found in our text:

The Catalyst for the mission: v. 13-15 we find that they may have My joy fulfilled in themselves is the catalyst for missions 

The Commission for the Mission: v. 16-18, self appointed missionaries have no authority. We must be appointed by God and His governing bodies.  He also noted that when we are sanctified by God’s Truth v.17 we are unable to keep the Good News of Christ a private matter.

The Control of the Mission: v. 18-19, “As”… might seem like a simple word but holds much power for it controls how we proceed. You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them. The only way we go is AS Jesus went. Finally Dr. Jonas spoke of the personal “sanctifying” holiness that makes us effective as missionaries. 

It is this last point I would like to explore just a little further as we close out this series today. Personal Holiness (Sanctification) is an ongoing process, that should not discourage but encourage us daily. God is Holy and we are called to be Holy like Him 1 Peter 1:15-16.

This does not mean it will be an easy cheesy task. Hebrews 12:14 tells us we must strive for peace and holiness. Ephesians 4:24 says we must “put on” the new self created in … holiness. Colossians 3:5 tells us we must put to death the old ways the earthly or natural human desires. It is a work that should be recognized by those around us 1 Thessalonians 2:9-12

If holiness (sanctification) is important to missions (and I agree it is) I would argue it is more important to our Biblical Contentment. Maybe the greatest missionary for Christ, the Apostle Paul understood Biblical Contentment and Holiness were tied together. Philippians 1:21 For to me, to live is Christ, and to die is gain. Is not penned from the hand of a man devoid of holiness nor of a man of malcontent in his surroundings. He new that godliness and contentment were meant to go hand in hand 1 Timothy 6:6-7 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, [a]and it is certain we can carry nothing out.

It was this complete surrender in Christ that made made Paul the man of God he was and Biblically Content Philippians 4:1-20.



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