In Matthew 22:16-22 we see that money was not an issue with Christ. Money had its purposes, but the Lord was not wooed by it in anyway. If only we could say that as believers – if only we could be content like Christ.
One of the major battles that Christians often face is the battle of contentment. On every billboard, every radio and television commercial are allurements to get you to be discontented. As you walk into the grocery stores; go through the mall; or surf the internet – you will see things that are tempting you to become discontented.
You often here statements like “Do something for yourself” or “Pamper yourself a little while.” There are slogans like, “you deserve the best” or “your family deserves the finest.” All these things lend to our discontentedness.
I don’t know how you grew up, but if you are like me, I remember when I was a young boy we were living in an 8 x 30 foot travel trailer that did not travel anywhere located in Pocahontas County, West Virginia. It was a 50’s model and it was home for several years for the 6 in our family. Mom and dad slept in the living room, my sister in the laundry room/bathroom, and my two older brothers and I had a bunk bed on the far end, well, I slept on some shelf that was overhanging the propane tanks on the front of the travel trailer. I don’t know if mom and dad were content, but I was. I was happy, I remember the 13” black & white TV and that was awesome, and there were about 3 channels, one was PBS, and all were fuzzy. We had to use the pliers to turn the channel. But I was content.
But something kept happening to me, as I grew I kept becoming more discontent as I saw what other people had. Additionally, even when I got what I wanted at times or had worked hard for, I found that I would shortly become discontented again.
Contented means to appease the desires of; to limit (oneself) in requirements, desires, or actions; in a word it means to be satisfied. As believers, we need to learn to be content. God’s Word says in Philippians 4:11, “Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.” If we want to learn to be content, the Lord Jesus Christ is our best model.
- He lived 2,000 years ago without any modern comforts.
- He was born in a manger – a stall for animals.
- He was raised in relative poverty.
- He was a day laborer for most of his adult life.
- He often had to pluck fruit of trees or crops out of the fields for food in his ministry.
- Most of all, he left His glory and throne in heaven and came to be a man on earth.
Yet he was content. For you and I to know contentment, we must know the Lord of contentedness, Jesus Christ. No amount money, things, fame, or even friends will bring contentment like a real relationship with Jesus Christ will bring. Do you know Him? If so, have you been looking to Him and working on growing closer to Him and seeking to become more like Him? It is a must for us to know contentment.