A few weeks ago, I was asked to expound upon the word contentment. As I begin to think on it more, I was led to study more on the word and to ensure that I am speaking about contentment from the correct spiritual and natural perspective.
The bible tells us to:
Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth. 2 Timothy 2:15 KJV
Let’s discover more about God’s word today.
Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6 NIV
Whatever season you are in, God desires for you to be content. If you are devoted to Christ Jesus, then you know He is committed to taking care of you.
For no matter how many promises God has made, they are “Yes” in Christ. And so through him the “Amen” is spoken by us to the glory of God. 2 Corinthians 1:20
With a social media driven age, it’s easy to covet what someone else is doing or even not doing.
The course of everyday life has a way of birthing discontent. With a social media driven age, it’s easy to covet what someone else is doing or even not doing. You can very well fall into the trap of trying to move from your current situation, not knowing that God has you there for a reason.
Can He trust you to stay connected with what you have and where you are? When we conform to the godliness of Christ, we are to be content in Him to bring glory to our Heavenly Father. Our discontentment births no glory, but will often yield the works and the lusts of the flesh.
Your true contentment comes from accepting Christ Jesus as your personal Lord and Savior and believing that you are more than enough and you have what you need right now.
Don’t be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:7
Would our Great King recant on His word and leave us helpless in our situations? Don't answer that it's a rhetorical question.
I believe God wants us to understand that the weight of godliness and contentment is powerful because, with it, comes favor.
Now let’s move on to debunk what contentment is not. Today, I am encouraging you to change the narrative of what is and what is not contentment.
Contentment is not complacency.
You can be complete and content in Jesus, but still desire to improve poor conditions, both naturally and spiritually, in your life. You can accept where you are and believe that God has more.
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. Hebrews 13:5
This scripture sums up the entire message for today. God doesn’t want us to covet other people’s blessings or messes. Some of us are coveting over what looks like a blessing, and it’s a mess of a situation. We can’t see if what that person has is a façade of a blessing or if it’s what they have been purposed to have or do.
Stay in your lane and work what you have been called to do. Serve God with the best of your ability and know that it’s okay to desire opportunities for growth. Just don’t get ahead of God and try to manipulate doors of opportunities to open before the appointed season.
The focus of contentment is on your level of gratitude for what God is doing in the now of your life. It’s okay to inquire about your next. but what are you going to discover in your now? Will you take a moment to pause and celebrate what God is doing in your life?
The lack of contentment and acceptance often leads us to facing unnecessary spiritual battles with our mental health. When you lose sight of Christ, depression, anxiety, etc. creep in and cause mental anguish.
Pray this prayer with me…
Jesus, I am changing the way I see contentment today. I will discover the beauty of you in my now, so that I don’t covet things in my next. I believe you have something for me in my now that I should be grateful for. I am thanking you for what is now and what is to come. Amen!