“Be Content”

satisfied

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.

Paul’s letter to the Philippians

Learn to be content. That’s what it takes. We have to learn to be content. It doesn’t really come naturally to most of us. Its a learning process we must endure. Paul had learned to be content. That tells me that he wasn’t always content in whatever situation he found himself in.

To be content is to be satisfied. We can learn to be be content in any and all situations. But, we have to be willing to learn. When you think about it contentment, goes against american culture. Here in America we always want more, newer, bigger, better, but at what cost? Discontentment can be very destructive.

When you read about Paul’s life as a missionary its plain to see that if he hadn’t learned to be content in any and all situations  he would have failed in his mission. He learned to lean on Christ, in doing so, learned to be content. Jesus himself showed great contentment in his life. He trusted in his Father no matter the situation and fulfilled his mission.

We that are in Christ must learn to be content. Sometimes that means we have to accept no as an answer. Look at what Paul said in his second letter to the Corinthian church; “So to keep me from becoming conceited because of the surpassing greatness of the revelations, a thorn was given me in the flesh, a messenger of Satan to harass me, to keep me from becoming conceited.  Three times I pleaded with the Lord about this, that it should leave me.  But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” Paul found contentment in weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. Look at the effect that his walk with the Lord had on humanity. There is great power in being content no matter the situation.

We would do well to remember Jesus, and Paul when we find ourselves less than satisfied with the situation we find ourselves in. Their contentment in doing God’s will no matter the situation changed the world. We can learn a great deal from that fact. Our walk with the Lord has a greater effect than we can imagine. Every generation of faithful followers leads to the next.

May we learn to be content as well.

© 2015 Leo J. Woodman

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