Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us this Sunday! In-Person 9:00am & 10:45am, Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

Join us at the next Sunday worship service:
In-Person
9:00am & 10:45am,
Online 9:00am, 10:45am & 5:00pm

BE CONTENT

“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content. But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.”   1 Timothy 6:6-10.

Contentment is an interesting phenomenon. By definition, contentment is a state of being in which one is satisfied with one’s current life situation, but true contentment is not all that easy. Whether it’s longing for a new season, an exciting change, or something deeper, contentment can always be on the next horizon. The reality is that even when we finally get that one big thing we desired for so long, it won’t be long before we want something else.

The question is how can we learn to be content. Paul answers that question in Philippians 4:10-11: “How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.”

The secret wasn’t to deny his needs and wants. Contentment wasn’t something he was faking. Nor was he content because his circumstances were perfect. His contentment was found in Jesus. In other words, his contentment was possible independent of his circumstances. But that does not mean Paul didn’t wish some things to be different.  Contentment is an inner sense of rest or peace that comes from being right with God and knowing He is in control. We can find contentment in God.

There are many examples of those who learned contentment in the Bible. Think of Joseph. He was sold by his brothers, wrongfully imprisoned, and mistreated. He learned that God worked all things together for good and was content with his God. Remember Daniel. He was righteous but was taken into captivity by the Babylonians and even thrown into a lion’s den. He affirmed that God rules over all and that all are beneath His sovereign rule.

Do you wish you could say that in any circumstance? The idea is in Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” Paul speaks to this issue in 1 Timothy 6:6: “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.”

 Christ will help us learn contentment as we rely on Him through everything we go through. He will show us that He can satisfy our deepest longings and needs as we seek Him and a relationship with Him above everything else. Christ loves us so much and wants to meet our needs. As we lean on Him, we too can say with Paul, “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.”

Discussion Questions:
1. Are you content? Would you like to be content?  How?

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