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Learn to be Content
 

Not that I speak in regard to need for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content. --Phil 4:11

People who do not have Jesus, and even those who do but don't involve Him in their lives, often try to fill that void with something else. They may amass much wealth to buy the security of earthly success, but rarely are they satisfied and content with the things they have accumulated.

As Christians, we must avoid being as such. We ought to realize that material wealth is not what we should rely on. After all, much of it may be lost quickly, with something as simple as an unwise investment. Moreover, we certainly will not be able to take it with us when we pass from this world. Acknowledging reality, we should respond to Paul’s advice to the Philippians and be content.

As God’s children, we experience joy beyond measure not because of the things we own or because of our social status. We know that our joy comes from God. But even though we know this, why are we always striving after material goods instead of building up spiritual wealth?

The Lord Jesus instructs us not to lay up treasures on earth, but rather, lay up treasures in heaven. For where our treasure is, there our heart will be also (Mt 6:19-21). Apostle Paul additionally regarded “all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom [he] have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that [he] may gain Christ” (Phil 3:8).  He rightfully and clearly states that the value of knowing Christ makes all things of this world seem as rubbish.

Therefore, if we truly know God to the fullest, we would naturally be content with His love and all that His grace offers us. We would also recognize that material wealth is part of the grace offered by God. And we wouldn’t just learn to be content—we would live it joyfully.

Reflection

1. How has God blessed you in your life?
2. What things of this world are hindering you from being content?

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