- The word discontent describes the average American and Christian in today’s world. Bigger, better, newer and nicer are what we are going after.
- We always want the newest car, the biggest house, better relationships, new jobs, better pay, better bosses, etc.
- The things of the world will leave us empty, unsatisfied and always wanting more.
Ecclesiastes 2:4-11- I made me great works; I builded me houses; I planted me vineyards. 5 I made me gardens and orchards, and I planted trees in them of all kind of fruits: 6 I made me pools of water, to water therewith the wood that bringeth forth trees. 7 I got me servants and maidens, and had servants born in my house; also I had great possessions of great and small cattle above all that were in Jerusalem before me: 8 I gathered me also silver and gold, and the peculiar treasure of kings and of the provinces: I gat me men singers and women singers, and the delights of the sons of men, as musical instruments, and that of all sorts. 9 So I was great, and increased more than all that were before me in Jerusalem: also my wisdom remained with me. 10 And whatsoever mine eyes desired I kept not from them, I withheld not my heart from any joy; for my heart rejoiced in all my labour: and this was my portion of all my labour. 11 Then I looked on all the works that my hands had wrought, and on the labour that I had laboured to do: and, behold, all was vanity and vexation of spirit, and there was no profit under the sun.
- The word vanity means emptiness.
- Solomon had it all, but was empty in the end.
- While writing this book Paul was on house arrest in Rome. Paul went through a lot as a servant of Christ, such as being stoned, beaten and shipwrecked. Yet after all he went through, Paul was content in whatever state he was in.
- The things of the world are not what give you contentment.
Philippians 4:10-13- But I rejoiced in the Lord greatly, that now at the last your care of me hath flourished again; wherein ye were also careful, but ye lacked opportunity. 11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. 12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
This morning we are going to look at how Paul was content even given his circumstances.
First, Paul distinguished between his wants and needs.
- We can’t get contentment and complacency mixed up.
- As Christians, we are to work hard for the sake of Christ. God rewards our hard work.
VS 11- Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
- Paul was content without certain things in his life. He was content with God’s will in his life.
1st Timothy 6:7-8- For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
- We all have more than what we need.
- The word content means to have enough.
- Paul was content because he knew that God was in control and God would provide for all his needs.
- Contentment is not getting what we want, but being thankful our heavenly father knows our needs and meets our needs. He knows what we need and what we don’t need.
Secondly, Paul knew his circumstances were not the source of his contentment.
VS 11b- for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
- Learn means having contentment does not come naturally to us. This grows when we grow and mature in our walk with Christ.
VS 12- I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.
- Paul’s circumstances were changing all the time and he was still able to be content.
- Paul knew his contentment didn’t rest in his circumstances.
Thirdly, Paul was convinced that having Christ was enough.
VS 13- I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.
- This verse is in the context of being content.
- When you have Christ you have all you need!
- Contentment really has nothing to do with what you have, but rather who you have- having Christ in your heart and life.
- We have all we need in life if you have Christ. Is Christ enough?
- We all need to be content with what we have.
- Like Paul, let’s be content.
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