The Basis of Contentment

“Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have…” (Hebrews 13:5a, NASB) How many of us can say that we are truly content with what we have?  It seems to me that we live in a discontented world.  Most people in the world have a love of money.  They are always striving for more money and more possessions—a nicer home, a better car, better “toys.” These are the desires that drive many people, and sometimes these desires creep into the hearts of those who belong to Christ. Is it necessarily wrong to get a better paying job or to buy a nicer home or car?  No, it is not inherently wrong, but when money becomes what we love, it will lead to major spiritual problems.  This is why we are instructed to make sure that are character is free from the love of money.  Make sure!  There is great danger here!

Just as there is great danger in the love of money, there is great spiritual benefit in contentment.  Contentment allows us to stop the constant striving for more.  It allows us to stop worrying about what we don’t have.  It allows us to focus on spiritual things rather than the temporary things of this life.  What is the basis of Christian contentment?  The writer of Hebrews goes on to say, “for He Himself has said, ‘I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you,’ so that we may confidently say, ‘The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid.  What will man do to me?’” (Hebrews 13:5b-6, NASB) We can have great contentment in the Lord because He has promised to never desert us!  He has promised to never forsake us!  God never breaks a promise.  His word to us is true and can always be relied upon completely.  We can have great contentment knowing that He knows our needs and will provide for us.  And so, we can do our work heartily for the Lord to support our families while resting in the fact that it is the Lord who supplies.  It’s not all on us.  We can go for that promotion if we would like to, not because we love money or because we are unsatisfied with life, but because the Lord has provided an opportunity to be a blessing to others.

May we all find the peace and spiritual stability that comes from being content with what we have.      

—Scott Colvin

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