Aug 13, 2017 |Shuffle

Contentment

08.13.17 | Shuffle

Contentment

Philippians 4:10-13

The desire to have more things or to have the latest item is found frequent in today’s society. Having a new item one day, turns old almost immediately the next day. How and where do we draw the line on our discontentment? Brad Kidder shares how an understanding of the Gospel allows us to be wholly content with all the things in our lives as Christ becomes the center of our lives.

Philippians 4:10-13

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Contentment is the state of being mentally or emotionally satisfied with things as they are.

I rejoiced in the Lord greatly that now at length you have revived your concern for me. You were indeed concerned for me, but you had no opportunity. Not that I am speaking of being in need,

Philippians 4:10-11

 

For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

Philippians 4:11-13

 

For I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content

You will see at once from reading the text, upon the very surface, that contentment in all states is not a natural propensity of man. Ill weeds grow apace; covetousness, discontent, and murmuring, are as natural to man as thorns are to the soil. You have no need to sow thistles and brambles; they come up naturally enough, because they are indigenous to earth, upon which rests the curse; so you have no need to teach men to complain, they complain fast enough without any education. But the precious things of the earth must be cultivated. If we would have wheat, we must plough and sow; if we want flowers, there must be the garden, and all the gardener’s care. Now, contentment is one of the flowers of heaven, and if we would have it, it must be cultivated. It will not grow in us by nature; it is the new nature alone that can produce it, and even then we must be specially careful and watchful that we maintain and cultivate the grace which God has sown in it.

Charles Spurgeon

 

How to be brought low/hunger/need

To abound/facing plenty/abundance

I can do all things through him who strengthens me

Trust in the Lord with all your heart.

Proverbs 3:5

 

For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

2 Corinthians 12:10

 

My heart is not proud, O Lord, my eyes are not haughty; I do not concern myself with great matters or things too wonderful for me. But I have stilled and quieted my soul; like a weaned child with its mother, like a weaned child is my soul within me.

Psalm 131

 

The metaphor for spiritual maturity here is a “weaned child.” On the one hand, we are a child at the mother’s breast, an image of complete helplessness. We are completely dependent on God. Without him we can do nothing. On the other hand, we are a weaned child, an image of contentment. Unweaned children cry in mother’s arms until they get something from mother—her milk. Only then are they quiet. But a weaned child is satisfied just with mother herself, with her very presence.

Tim Keller

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