A Recipe for Contentment
Read 1 Timothy 6:1-10
All of us know a Christian who is unhappy – and in some cases it may even be understandable. This brings up an important question: “How can we be content?” Well, let’s first of all look at what contentment is not:
First, contentment is not anxiety over what God has already promised.
Secondly, contentment is not murmuring over what we do not have: 1 Corinthians 10:10, Neither murmur ye, as some of them also murmured, and were destroyed of the destroyer.
Thirdly, contentment is not greed: Hebrews 13:5, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.’
Fourthly, contentment is not envy: James 3:16, For where envying and strife is, there is confusion and every evil work.
Where envying and strife is, everything is unsettled and uptight. There is no common confidence; there is no drawing together of direction and effort; there is no cooperation in promoting a common goal; there is no stability in any plan. There may be something good started by one person and defeated by another.
And every evil work, no one who has seen the effects in a family or church where a spirit of strife prevails can have any doubt of this truth. Love and harmony are driven out; all happiness disappears; all prosperity comes to an end. In a place where peace ought to prevail, there springs up every evil passion that tends to spoil the peace of a family or church, or even a nation. Where this spirit prevails, it is impossible to expect any progress in spiritual things; and in such a family or church any effort to do well is vain. Someone said, “The Spirit, like a peaceful dove, flies from the realms of noise and strife”. We also know that if a Christian loves the world, discontentment will surely come. The Bible teaches that we are to be therewith content. We are to follow after righteousness verses 11-12. We are to exhort the rich of the world verses 17-19. The rich need help just as much as do the poor among us – they need God’s grace.Continued tomorrow!
Read 1 John 1-2, Proverbs 1. Pray tonight that God will use these devotionals this month to show you things in your life that need change. Complete___
Read yesterday’s Devotion
There are many examples of unhappiness in riches. One need only look at some of the rich people in the world to be convinced of this fact. Look at some of the movies stars, rock stars, etc. Much of the world is trying to find happiness in sex, drugs, alcohol, excess, money, power, reality Television, etc. But, let’s not look at what many are seeking but what God says in His Word. How can I be content?
HAVE AN INTIMATE KNOWLEDGE OF AND RELATIONSHIP WITH CHRIST.
Try anything you want – only the Saviour brings contentment. Paul points out several times the fact of “dying to self.” Think of the sufferings of Christ. Many who have known Christ for years are still light in their attitude toward His suffering. We need the mind of Christ. Many will not acknowledge the reality of Christ, yet each day of their lives Christ makes Himself known to them: look at the calendar; it starts with Christ. Think about your daily fellowship with Christ. Think about the fact that Jesus is coming again.
HAVE A CONSISTENT FAITH THAT GOD WILL SUPPLY YOUR EVERY NEED
We must start with work on our part. I believe that my God will supply every need we have, but I also believe that we must supply the conditions: He will supply if I am honest in paying my tithe and bills. He will supply if I ask Him. He will supply if I will share it with others. The sin of selfishness will sever our prayer line.
HAVE AN UNCONDITIONAL DESIRE TO HELP OTHERS.
Here is an important lesson for us to learn: personal contentment will grow as we learn to help others. There will be contentment even as we are burdened about others, even while we may be lacking some of the “so called nicer things” in life. Let’s see what Paul wrote on the subject of others in Romans 15:1-7. Help the weak and baby Christians. Help the skeptical Christians. I can help others by being strong in my own conflicts in life. Help the suffering Christians God sends your way. Help those unsaved and without Christ. Contentment comes from faith in Christ, loyalty to Christ, loyalty to our convictions, and faith that He will supply our every need.
Read Deuteronomy 17-20, Proverbs 2. Make a list in some areas of your life in which you have problems with contentment.