It’s here again, Christmas is now upon us. It’s the time of year when every commercial tries to convince us how our life is not complete without their product or service. It really is a season that preys on our discontentment.
As I was noticing it all I began to pray and found myself thinking about contentment. In doing so i was drawn to this passage in 1 Timothy:
“But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10 ESV
Now to define the word contentment, it is a state of satisfaction, or even simpler, it is to be satisfied. I like that definition, to be content is to be satisfied. Paul says there is great gain in godliness when we strive to live content lives.
A Life That Refuses
If you read Galatians 5 you read about the works of the flesh. It’s not a stretch to say that these things are found in our lives when we refuse to be content. A life that refuses to practice contentment is a breeding ground for ungodliness. Why? Because we refuse to be satisfied with what we have, causing us to fight and grapple for other things that we believe promise us peace and joy.
A Content Life is a Free Life
In the same chapter you also read about the fruit of the Spirit, peace, patience, goodness, etc. When we practice living a life that is content we are free to be at peace, give grace, be patient. Why? Because I’m fighting to be satisfied with what the Spirit is producing inside me and not what I can accumulate on the outside around me.
Though that sounds simple, we all fall prey to the lie that we will only find joy and peace in what we DON’T have. We fight and we scramble to attain things, relationships, money in order to find peace that is fleeting. We find it hard to believe that Christ is ENOUGH, hard to believe that HE satisfies. I want to encourage you today though that the path of Godliness is paved with contentment.