How can We be Truly Content?
, by Emmanuel Higgins
Why is it that many people in this world today, live their entire lives searching for something..... yet never finding it? What is it that they are searching for?
It is Contentment. Many people live their entire lives trying to find contentment, yet they have a miserable existence. Why is this so?
Lets see what the Bible says.......
1 Timothy 6:4-5
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness;
He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings,
Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself.
Here the Bible is describing ungodly people, who are proud etc... but notice in verse 5:
1 Timothy 6:5
"supposing that gain is godliness"
So who is the God in the lives of these people? ........Gain has become their God, they are supposing that gain is Godliness. They are living their lives striving for gain and worldy riches and this becomes as a god in their lives.
Lets read the next verse:
1 Timothy 6:6
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
Where is the true contentment and great gain? It is not in riches of this earth, but the true Godliness which is in Jesus (verse three) So Whilst striving for contentment and gain these ungodly people have missed the true gain! they have missed the great gain and contentment which is in Christ Jesus. They have worked, worked, worked all their lives striving to find contentment in the riches of this world.
1 Timothy 6:7
For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
We were birthed into this world with nothing, and when we die, and go to heaven at Christ's second coming none of our worldly goods will come with us! Tragically, this is why those who strive for riches in this earth canot be happy in heaven, because their expensive car, their luxurious house etc, won't be there..........
1 Timothy 6:8
And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Let us then be content with the food and clothing that Jesus supplies to us.
1 Timothy 6:9-10
But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.
Truly those that strive for riches and worldly gain in this earth end up "piercing themselves through with many sorrows" somtimes by a family breakup, or poor health, in the end these people live a miserable life , and it is all because of their love of money. Truly there is no goodness or content in the ways of this world.
So is it worth striving in this world for riches? Isn't the way of Jesus much better?
1 Timothy 6:11-12
But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses.
This is what Jesus wants for us, he longs to give all good things to us, and he wants to show to us that the ways of this world are not His ways. Do you want to fight the good fight of faith today? Then don't set your affections on things of this world but lay hold on eternal life in Jesus!
1 Timothy 6:14-15
That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ:
Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords;
Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen.
What an amazing description of Jesus! The one who has all power and imortal life! The king above all kings and the Lord above all lords!
How can we have the assurance, the certainty of contentment in this life?
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.
So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
If Jesus has promised that he will always be with us, if the all powerful one, the King above all kings and the Lord above all lords will never forsake us, will there ever be a time in your life when you are not content? When Jesus is with us. then we can boldy say, that we will not fear what any man can do to us, becasue we have the assurance of Jesus with us, who is much more powerful than any earthly human!
So contentment only comes through Jesus. Not through striving in this world for riches.
If you want true contentment, just ask Jesus to come into your heart, and as long as you don't forsake Him, He has promised never to forsake you.
The Bible says
Matthew 7:7 Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you:
If you ask Jesus to come into your heart, if you seek for him, and do what he asks (knock) He has promised that you will always be content.
What amazing love Jesus has towards us!!