How can I be content? One of the great ironies of living in the developed world is that in a time and place where we don’t feel hungry for a lack of food, we feel unhappy for a lack of being content.
How much is enough? We often gauge our lives here by the 1st world problems we have of my stuff is not new enough, fast enough, good enough and ultimately not simply enough. We are perhaps the most blessed generation under the sun with all that we have, and yet the most discontent generation. And then the world of advertising makes their money out of our discontent misery, selling us the idea of how much we need more. We will not become content this way.
But here’s a follow-up question: why would we want to be? Why is contentedness something we would want in the first place? The answer: because being discontent is sucking the joy out of life.
So, where do we get this contented life? The Bible showed us the way last Sunday from Philippians 4:10-23. We saw particularly that the Apostle Paul outlined how he has learned the secret of becoming content, and it’s an open secret – the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Philippians 4:13 may go down in history as one of the most misquoted Bible verses of all time – when pulled out of context, people use it as a mantra of getting whatever they want. The good news is that the reverse is true. In it’s context we see what’s soothes our discontent souls: that in whatever situation we face, through the highs and lows of having enough or not enough, we can be truly content knowing that Christ is enough.
We can know this because Jesus who had it all, gave it all up and went to the lowest place on the cross so that we could have everything forever in Him. By learning that secret, and trusting in Jesus, you’ll have everything you need – and a joy that can never be lost.