Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Being Content at Christmas - CEB

I was reading a devotional the other day that drew attention to Philippians 4:11b.  The Common English Bible reads, "...I have learned how to be content in any circumstance."
"Content" in the Greek is autarkes, "self-sufficient" (autos, "self," and arkeo, "to assist, suffice").
Warren Wiersbe writes, "The word content actually means 'contained.'  It is a description of those whose resources are within them so that they do not have to depend on substitutes without."  (Day 337, Pause for Power)  Wiersbe is quick to add that we Christians are not sufficient in ourselves but only because Christ is in us.
It is tempting at Christmas to not be content, to think that just one more thing will be sufficient for happiness.  With Christ living within (Col. 1:27), we have all we need to be content.

I am taking part in a blog tour of the Common English Bible. I'll be blogging more about this Bible as the days go by.
You can see the blogs of others taking part of this tour here: http://CommonEnglishBible.com/CEB/blogtour

I received a complimentary copy of the CEB from its publisher for the purpose of this blog tour.




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