May 18, 2013

“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

Much of the advertising and marketing we experience each day is designed to foster and prey upon people’s lack of contentment.

How do we foster contentment? What is the “secret” of being content that Paul mentioned? He reveals it in verse 13: “I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” It is our life-affirming, strength-building, grace-filled relationship with the living Christ that gives us peace no matter what our circumstances.

In difficult times it is our relationship with Christ that enables us to see that his power is made perfect in our weakness (2 Corinthians 12:9) and we find the endurance we need (Colossians 1:11). In good times it is our relationship with Christ that enables us to see that the blessings we have received have been given that we might be a blessing to others (2 Corinthians 9:11).

When we believe the cultural lie that more money and more things will give us the contentment we seek, we step onto a never-stopping, ever-accelerating treadmill that wears us out and gets us nowhere. When we believe the Word’s truth that contentment is found in a relationship with Jesus Christ we find a peace that transcends our circumstances.

We would love to hear from you. Comment below and share how you foster contentment.