Not happy. Not complacent. Content?
Well, to answer that question, I guess we have to first know what contentment is. There are a lot ways that you can define contentment. Some would it say it’s being satisfied. Some would say that it’s not worrying. Some would say that it’s not being stressed.
I guess those are all good answers. But, I see being content as being “home.” Knowing you are where you need to be. Knowing all is right, all is good, all is as it should.
Well, to put it like that, then none of us should be content. None of us are in that perfect place, none of us have life like we’d love it to be, none of us have that feeling.
Well, I don’t know about that. Let’s see where this contentment comes from. Listen to what Paul says today in 1 Timothy 6:6-7:
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.
Paul says that there is much to gain from Godliness with contentment. We brought nothing into the world, we take nothing out. That’s the source of contentment.
Not the “stuff” of the world. If we are striving and living all of our lives after the things of the world, then we will never be content. If your life revolves around those things, money, success, fame, power, attention, status, things such as that, you will never have enough.
You will never be content. You will always need more. You will always want more.
But, if come to this realization this morning, you will find contentment. You are loved. God loves you. He died for you. He gave Himself for you. You are His.
Your identity, your worth, it is not tied to these things, it is tied to God. It is tied to what God, through, Jesus, has done for you.
You can be content. For you have all that you could ever wish for. You have all that you could ever desire. You have all you could ever want.
You are loved. You can be content in that.
Rest. Rest easy in that. You are loved. You prized. You have worth. Rest in that. Be content in that. The other stuff will pass. This will last.
You are a child of God. That’s where contentment is found.
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