(Philippians 4:11) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
We live in a world where daily we are faced constantly with comparisons. Subliminally and even overtly we are constantly being told that we don’t measure up. We need this, we need that, and it never ends. We might have a car that drives okay and takes us where we need to go. However every time we turn on the TV, surf the internet, or turn on the radio we are informed that there is something more efficient, more stylish, and more up to date that is available and waiting for us to purchase. We’re told that we are to fat or to skinny, we don’t have enough stamina in the bedroom, and there is always a better cell phone plan that we can switch to. No matter where we look or turn there are comparisons. Who’s the best singer, top quarterback, best basketball player, the hottest wife or husband, the best house, American Idol, The Voice, and sadly to say (in my opinion) Sunday’s Best.
My Friend and Brother Pastor Walthall was telling me of a recent sermon that he preached using our scripture text. We often discuss and I agree with him that Capitalism which is what drives our economy is not based on Biblical principles. The Bible often speaks of sharing and giving not hording and storing massive amounts of wealth. Scripture tells us that Jesus who was rich became poor in order that we might become rich but that richness was not in material things. Jesus himself said that we should not be concerned or stressed out about what we wear or what to eat. He reminded us that as God daily takes care of every sparrow that flies and all the lilies of the field in like manner he will provide for us.
We should be satisfied and content no matter what state we are in. That’s not to say that we should not pursue our ambitions or goals. However we should always make sure that said ambitions and goals are Godly inspired and not those of the flesh. God knows what we face daily nothing catches him by surprise. He knows what’s going to happen before it happens. Our response should always be to trust him and not the situations that we find ourselves in. God promises to supply us with all of our needs daily. We must remember and realize that there is a difference between a want and a need. There is nothing wrong with having a nice new Cadillac they are nice and to be honest I’d like one. At the same time you have no business attempting to purchase a new Cadillac when all you can afford is a Kia and a used one at that. It is not a sin or an embarrassment to own and drive a Kia. In fact some of them look pretty nice these days.
Contentment, satisfaction, being thankful that things are as well as they are. Sure things could be better but at the same time they could be so much, so much worse. (1Ti 6:8) And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. When you wake up in the morning and have something to eat it’s already a Great Day!!! If your cupboard is bare and you don’t have anything to eat. Remember the promises of God’s word look to him the Holy Spirit will guide you and direct you as to where to go and what to do. I’ll never forget how I was working an event one time hungry and broke however I continued to work. I was near an exhibitor and the owner looked over at me she said “you’ve been working real hard, you look like you could use something to eat” She then gave me a Cheese Burger which I thanked her for. She then said “here’s another one for you to take with you”. I took the other Cheese Burger home and ate it the next day. By the time that third day came around God had turned my situation around. It’s a whole different topic and hopefully we’ll teach on it at another time. When you read scripture there is a lot that happened on that third day.
(Philippians 4:11) Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. As we return to our base scripture text we note that the Apostle Paul points out that he had to learn how to be content. Therein lays the crux of how we can live an content and worry free life. We must learn to take God at his word, he wants a better life for us than we could ever imagine. Yet we’ll never experience until we learn to be satisfied and content with our current station in life. As I stated before being content doesn’t mean that we don’t continue to pursue our dreams and goals. It does mean that we trust God and not our current state or situation. As we close it is also very important that the people in our life are the ones that God has chosen for us and not the ones we have chosen for ourselves. Be Encouraged, Blessed, and Content Minister Mike.