Topic: Be Contented [Tuesday, 28th March 2017]
I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. – Philippians 4:12
One of the keys to unending joy is contentment. When you see a man that is contented, you will notice the joy in him. He is not downcast by the lack of the riches of life. And even when he has much, he is also at peace and full of joy. Contentment is a mindset. It has nothing to do with poverty and wealth. A wealthy man who is not contented with the much he has will go after more wealth, even if it means defrauding people and denying others of their entitlements. That is one of the reasons our politician and public servants and people generally are corruption and embezzled money meant for the public good.
Apostle Paul said he had learnt how to live in every situation. Whether he had plenty, or he has little, he was contented. Even in our godliness and our drive to live a comfortable life, when we add contentment to it, it is great gain. Godliness with contentment is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6). We gain a lot, more than wealth and that is peace of mind. And when your mind is at peace, you will definitely be healthy. That’s the ripple effect of contentment. And just like Apostle Paul, we must train ourselves to be contented.
Apostle Paul showed us how he was able to learn contentment in Philippians 4:13 which says “for I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength.” Christ in us teaches us to be contented. He energizes us and gives us the will-power to subdue the tendency to always want more than we have, as we allow the Holy Spirit replace our appetite with His own, learn from Him how be contented, and enjoy the great gains of contentment.
Keep winning daily.
Dear Lord, thank You for Your Spirit that teaches me how to be contented, whether in plenty or in few. I imbibe the teachings of Your Spirit and enjoy the great gain of contentment, in Jesus’ Name. Amen.