Sunday, August 19, 2007

08 20 07 The Meaning of Content

I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well-fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want”. (Philippians 4:12)

American kids are growing up seriously lacking in discipline, direction, and conviction. The apostle Paul said that he learned to be content in all circumstances. We can take a lesson from him. I am sad to report, it not just the kids and it’s not just in America anymore. We’re all too concerned with the content of our portfolio then the contentment of our heart.

Content may be defined in the following ways: The state of being satisfied; or quietly happy or something contained, as in a receptacle, often used in the plural.

People world-wide are becoming more self-centered, undisciplined, and amoral. The effect of humanism is taking solid root in the family, society, and government. It’s all about me and everyone else can fend for themselves.

Where in God’s word does it say we deserve anything but death? Where do we get the notion that we are entitled to the luxuries we so desire and lust after? The more we know of Christ, the more we need to realize of our pitiful state and the only thing we should desire is more of His mercy and grace! We are merely pitiful, unclean worms in the sight of God accept for the blood of Jesus Christ, which wipes clean the sin from the repentant heart and replaces it with the righteousness of Almighty God.

So no matter what state we find ourselves in; rich, poor, hungry, full, overjoyed or saddened, if we know Jesus personally, we have all we need for eternity. We need to be content of heart instead of so concerned about the contents of our wallet, our closets, and our garages! Let’s be content with what Jesus says is all we need.

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