Moving the Boundaries

Let’s explore a quick concept regarding what we are learning in our current our sermon series, God as our Portion, and how it applies to contentment. The concept is the idea of boundary markers.

Proverbs 22:28 says, “Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set.”

Contentment

In God’s provision for the tribes of Israel, He personally established their boundaries. Living in contentment for them required accepting those God-ordained lines. In the case of a Levite, the boundary was, in a very real sense, undefined. In a more spiritual sense, it consisted of God alone. 

Let’s translate this concept to our lives as Christians: moving a boundary stone as a member of God’s royal priesthood would be something akin to saying “Jesus plus something else” is required for salvation, or required to make us happy. But here’s a bold statement for you—if Jesus plus something is necessary to make us happy, then Jesus is not and has never been our portion.

If Jesus plus something is necessary to make us happy, then Jesus is not and has never been our portion. #contentment Click To Tweet

We really need to hear this, Church. If Jesus plus that perfect job is what we’re after, then Jesus is not our portion. If Jesus plus the American dream is our heart’s desire, Jesus is not our portion. If Jesus plus a perfect marriage, flawless kids, or the ideal life is what consumes us, then Jesus is not our portion. If Jesus plus the America we grew up in is non-negotiable, then not only are we going to be disappointed but Jesus is not our portion. Am I saying we just throw our hands up or wave the white flag of surrender in these matters? No. But they must come as a result of Jesus being everything. We must understand, no matter what we attempt to add to Jesus, we are, in some sense moving the boundary marker of the Gospel. 

Consider the Apostle Paul’s statement to the church in Philippi. And please hear me, if God is truly our portion, we should believe and be able to declare these words with our whole heart—no reservations;

“But whatever things were gain to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. More than that, I count all things to be loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them but rubbish so that I may gain Christ,” – Philippians‬ ‭3:7-8‬ ‭NASB‬‬

We have to learn to count all other things as worthless compared to Christ. We must see Jesus alone as our portion. And when we come to that place, we won’t need a life that is ordered properly because everything will fall in line.

We have to learn to count all other things as worthless compared to Christ. We must see Jesus alone as our portion. And when we come to that place, we won’t need a life that is ordered properly because everything will fall in line. Click To Tweet

Let’s Talk

Do you see God as your portion or are you looking for Jesus + something else? I’d love to discuss it with you. Comment below or email me at nathan@nathanfranckhauser.com.

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