“Growing in Contentment”Categories: In the Bulletin
Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
- 1 Timothy 6.6–8
Contentment describes a person who is not primarily concerned with obtaining "things." The word means self sufficiency. Ancient Greeks used this expression to describe a person who was unmoved by external circumstances. Contentment does not come from the quantity of our material possessions. There is no end to the things we may want. God is the source of our contentment. Will we make spiritual needs our primary concern in life? If we have the necessities of life (food, clothing, and shelter), we should be content.
How can we become more content while living in midst of a very materialistic society?
- Find Confidence in God’s Providence. Everything is in God’s hands. He is sovereign. He orders everything for His purposes. All things work after the counsel of His will, Romans 8.28. We are not in control of everything. God is and we must trust that He will order events to meet our needs. You will never experience true contentment until you trust that the Sovereign God is ordering everything for your good and His glory.
- Be Satisfied with Little. “Things” are a consuming passion for many people. Refuse to let the culture dictate what you need to consider yourself happy and successful. Our purpose is not to live for personal satisfaction. It is to live for the glory of God.
- Gain Independence from Circumstances. Bad circumstances often rob us of contentment and happiness. We can learn to be the same in any and every circumstance, Philippians 4.11b. Apply the principles found in Colossians 3.1-2; 1 Peter 4.12-14, 16 and 2 Corinthians 4.16-5.1 and you will find success here.
- Remember You are Sustained by Divine Power. No matter how hard your life is, you are sustained by a spiritual undergirding. We are sufficient only through Christ, Galatians 2.20. We are strong enough to go through any thing because of the One who infuses His strength in us, Ephesians 6.10. Isaiah gives us hope: He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint, Isaiah 40.29, 31.
Where is your primary focus? Are you content with the blessings God has given you?
— Matthew Allen