We are taught from a very young age if you don’t like what you have go out and change it. You aren’t happy with your job, quit and get a new one, you aren’t getting along with your spouse divorce them and remarry you aren’t happy where you are move! We get caught up in this trap that we will be happier if things were just different. Is that really true though? How many people do you know that switch jobs every year, move every year or every couple of years, are already on their 3rd or 4th spouse? Are they really happy or are they searching for something they will never find? Contentment is not found in things we have or people we are around. Content is found in the sufficiency of Christ.
“The secret to contentment is to focus on the Lord in every situation- as sovereign, as savior and as the sufficient one.”
The main passage that we see that teaches us about contentment is Philippians 4:10-13. Paul wrote the books of Philippians, Colossians, Ephesians, and Philemon from prison. While he was in prison he was struggling financially. He never told any of the churches that he was struggling, he only prayed about his financial troubles to the Lord. The Lord was faithful to provide through the Philippians this is how he starts talking to them about contentment, he was thanking them for their financial gift. Paul had learn to trust in God as a sovereign God. He had learn that God knew better about his life than He did. He learned that if God didn’t provide for him for a while then there was a plan and he trusted that God would teach him the lesson that he was trying to teach him. This isn’t something that came natural for Paul, just as it won’t come naturally for us. We have to learn to trust in the sovereignty of God. When we learn to trust in the sovereignty of God we will be content in all circumstances because we will know that God has a plan and what he has given us is exactly what we need for that time in our lives..
In Matthew 6:25-34 Jesus teaches on seeking the kingdom and he will provided all of our basic needs. The second way to be content in this life is to serve our Savior. It’s so easy to not be content when we are focused on ourselves and our own happiness. When we are focused on ourselves we are thinking about what we can get next, how that person can make me happy. We will never be content this way we will always be looking for the next thing. You want to be content serve Jesus. Wake up every day and ask how you can serve him today. Grow in your relationship with Him, when we are focusing on Jesus and trying to reach other people with the Gospel then we will content with whatever we have, because we will realize this life has nothing to do with us but has everything to do with God. We will realize everything we have is a blessing and in reality we don’t deserve any of it, so we are content with whatever God has decided to give us.
The third way to be content is to realize the sufficiessncy of Christ. If Christ is sufficient why are you still looking for more? One of the most overused out of context verses is Philippians 4:13 ” I can do all things through Christ who strengths me.” Paul used this to say that whatever circumstances God put him in he could get through it because Christ would give him the strength to do it. If God called him to be poor he could do it because God would get him through it, if God called him to be rich and give to missions then he would give him the strength to do it. When you find your sufficiency in Christ you don’t look to things, or people to make you happy you are content in Christ because he is enough.
Take a look at your own life? Are you content or are you always looking for the next thing? Are you always looking at everything and wanting more, thinking if I just had this I would be happy? Why don’t I have a nicer house, why don’t I have more money?
Even if God blessed you with everything you think you need you wouldn’t be happy because you would be focused on yourself instead of God. We can only truly be content when we trust in the sovereignty of God, serve our savior, and learn that Christ is sufficient.
So the next time you want to complain and wish you had more, just focus on these three things! This is one way to be able to start living a godly life in an ungodly world!
Until the next post!