Gospel Light was delighted to welcome back Evangelist Scott Saxton and his wife Lorraine this past Sunday evening. Although they were back in town due to the passing of Lorraine’s father, they were fixed on things above and saw this visit as a way to reach the lost for Christ. Brother Scott was asked by Pastor Vince Giardino to preach at the evening service. The office of evangelist is defined in Eph 4:11-12, Pastor said by way of introduction. Brother Scott “is burdened for revival” and “will give us something that God laid on his heart”, Pastor G. said as he gave over the pulpit.
Brother Scott began by quoting Matt 6:8, “for your Father knoweth what things ye have need of, before ye ask him.”, implying that the Spirit will lead him to provide a message appropriate for the evening. And indeed he did, drawing from his personal experience of driving up from Florida this past week. Bro. Scott shared the harrowing details of the 23 hour trip, especially through Virginia were snow, rain and fog hindered safe travel. Only after seeing his third wreck, a tracker trailer completely burned to the ground, did he heed God’s message to stop and get off the road. Thus did Brother Scott learn the lesson that he imparted to us: to “be content where God has you.” He said, “The Lord gave me peace. The next morning, it was clear sailing.”
The 3 Steps of Contentment
Brother Scott lamented how “the power of Christ and how limitless it is in a Christian’s life” goes “unappreciated” and “undeveloped” in most Christian’s lives. He used the often imprisoned apostle Paul as an example of someone content through trust in God, citing Phil 4:11, “for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” Just like Paul, we need a “willingness to be content to allow God to work in our lives.”, Bro. Scott said. He defined contentment as “a perfect condition in life where nothing is needed, a calm satisfaction, and a complete trust in God.”
- We have to learn to want what we have – The apostle Paul, of course, was the best example of contentment. However, Paul wrote that he had to learn to be content; it was not by nature (Phil 1:13-18). The next example was himself and his wife. They gave up must of their possessions to move into their trailer and have been trusting Christ to provide for their needs on a month-to-month basis. Brother Scott said, “Everywhere God has us, it is for one purpose, to bring glory to Him. Be content no matter where you are.” Even if it is not where you desire to be or with people you don’t desire to be with.
- We need to learn to pray for our needs and desires – “But in every thing by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known unto God.” Phil 4:6. God knows in advance what we need. However, “God desires us to pray because he desires that intimate relationship with us”, Brother Scott explained. It please God when we come to Him and ask in prayer. Further he said, “churches could have the power to through down the gates of hell” if they could learn to gather together in prayer. Through his experiences as an evangelist and by walking in faith, he has found that God provides through labor, savings, and sometimes miracles.
- We need to learn to give – By giving, Brother Scott means everything: our possessions, our heart, soul, mind, and life. “You will not learn contentment until you give everything”, he taught. We might not have the contentment would could have because we don’t have the heart to give. “Trust God and give and God will bless you”, he said, “Then you will experience contentment.”
We will learn to be content by living a life that pleases God, always keeping our eyes firmly on Jesus. Paul encouraged us by writing “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.” Phil 4:13.