Being Content- You Are One Step Away From Happiness!
What does it mean to be happy? Is there more to being content than having nice things? Stephen Baker explores the problem of contentment!
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When it is cold – we complain that the weather is terrible and wonder why we do not live in a hotter climate.
When it is hot – we wonder why we ever moaned and often find that the heat is more than we can cope with.
Are we ever content, I ask you?
The problem of contentment! It is great when you meet someone who is truly content and happy. Funnily enough contented people are often the ones who do not have a lot of this world’s goods. They have found peace in spite of what they have, not because of what they have. Paul, one of the early bible preachers, had learned the secret of contentment. He said ‘I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content,’ Philippians 4:11. Contentment was not the result of good circumstances but despite the circumstances.
How about you and I; are we content? What do you think will make you happy and content? If your contentment is dependant on wealth you could well be disappointed! If good health is on your list: it might not work out. If good family relationships are important it could all go wrong! If however, you understand that you are not this planet for your own satisfaction and happiness and realize that you were created to bring God glory, you will start to see where contentment and satisfaction in living start. You might find it strange but God says in the Bible that he created all things and they were created for his pleasure, Revelation 4:11. This is why people are most satisfied when they are serving and helping others. Serving others is a method of serving God. The old-fashioned service based economy was a bible based economy where the theme of life was serving others and this was a very satisfying way of living. Jesus’ life was service based. He went about doing good… He got down and washed his disciple’s feet when they were all debating who should be the greatest, John 13. It is recorded in the Book of the Acts that he said – ‘it is more blessed to give than to receive,’ Acts 20:35.
Please do not confuse serving others with buying your way into God’s favour and heaven. Good living and good works will not guarantee salvation – This fact is made very clear in the Bible. Ephesians 2:8-10 states ‘For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God, not a result of works, so that no one may boast. For we are his workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand, that we should walk in them’.
Grace is the undeserved favour and kindness that God shows to us.
Faith is the trust we put in God’s promise to forgive our wrongs and save our souls.
If you read verse nine of Ephesians 2 carefully it is very clear that becoming a believer and getting right with God is what God does for you when you confess your sins and believe on the Lord Jesus Christ. Verse ten is teaching that people who believe are saved for the purpose of living good lives and doing good works.
Religion often puts the cart before the horse and teaches that doing good, being good, being religious and living a good life will ensure that you go to heaven. Whereas the Bible actually teaches that we have all sinned, our hearts are desperately wicked and that it took the death, burial, and resurrection of Jesus to make salvation available to us.
Do You Know This Contentment?
In closing, Jesus Christ was content! He knew that he was facing certain death (in fact, he knew before he left heaven for earth, that he would be crucified) but he talked about his ‘joy’ being in his disciples (John 15:11) and his wish was for his disciples ‘joy’ to be full. That is what he wishes for you!
The Lord Jesus came into the world ‘that we might have life’ and the Bible expressly states that Jesus did not come to ‘condemn the world’ but ‘that the world through him might be saved’.
Can I ask you a question? Do you know this type of contentment and joy? If not; you can do. For the Bible states that ‘whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved’.
Why not bow your head and speak to God about it now!
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