With Thanksgiving Day approaching, I thought if I was asked to give one thing I was thankful for what would it be? Of course I would say, Jesus Christ and His salvation. Then I thought what would another thing be? The one thing that came to me was contentment. I’m thankful that I am content. I don’t live thinking to myself, if I just had___ I would be content. I truly am satisfied and thankful for where I am in life and Jesus Christ truly is enough.
As I thought about these things a few verses came to me I would like to share with you. In Philippians 4:11 Paul wrote, “Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am.” He went on to say, “I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need.” You see contentment is what we’re really after isn’t it? I mean when someone wishes, or wants money, power or fame what they’re really after is contentment and they think those things will give it to them.
The truth is our world has been hijacked by the enemy of contentment. I mean the world is full of people and products that promise us things they can never deliver. For instance just watch commercials on television every one of them is designed to make you feel discontent. If you want true happiness you need these jeans, this car, this beer, this diet plan and on and on. You can’t blame them, after all if we ever discover contentment with what we have we probably won’t buy their “New and Improved products.”
When I was younger, like many others I’m sure, I had an enormous sense of discontentment with my life. I thought to myself, when I get older I’m moving away from this town, there’s nothing here for me. I’m sure I’m not alone in this way of thinking; but like many others as I have aged I have come to appreciate the city in which I live. It isn’t because there’s really more here for me rather I have discovered contentment from another source which is Jesus Christ himself.
The Apostle Paul left us with some very simple and practical advice in 1 Thessalonians 4:11-12 he said, “make it your ambition to lead a quiet life and attend to your own business and work with your hands, just as we commanded you, so that you will behave properly toward outsiders and not be in any need.” While this may sound “BORING” to the young ones, as you age you really do come to appreciate the peace and quiet Paul advises us on here. There are many people who say with their mouth “I hate drama!” When it comes right down to it they really love it though because if they truly didn’t their lives wouldn’t be filled with it would it?
One more piece of advice the Apostle Paul left with us is found in 1 Timothy 6:6-8 “But godliness is actually a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” There you have it! No matter how much money, or things we have, there will never be enough if we are discontent. I think I’m with the writer of Proverbs 17:1 when they said, “Better is a dry morsel and quietness with it than a house full of feasting with strife.”