Resurrected Living
"What are you going to do with your new resurrected life? This is the heroic question." Richard Rohr

Finding Contentment

“Not that I am speaking of being in need, 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.” (Phil. 4:11-13)

Discontentment is rarely the result of not having something we need. It is often the desire of wanting something we don’t have to have. The problem is not about our inability to acquire, but about our desire for more. We must learn to be content. We must come to understand that Christ is the answer to many of the desires within us. We don’t need more possessions. We don’t need more pleasure. We don’t need more money. Having more will not ultimately fulfill our desires. We will still want more. We need Jesus. We need to walk in his ways. We need the mind of Christ that causes us to abandon our selfishness and to think of others.

Contentment is about more than what we possess. It is also about our relationships with others. It applies to our feelings about our circumstances and environment. When we constantly feel angry or upset, then we are discontent. If we can find no goodness in others or our circumstances, then we are likely discontent. If we cannot find peace or joy, then we lack contentment. Again, the problem is not outside. It is inside. It is not that others or our circumstances are the causes of our discontentment. The problem is we need a deeper relationship with Christ. Contentment is found in knowing Christ.

If you feel discontent, don’t look outward. Don’t try buying more things. Don’t sever relationships. Don’t quit your job. Don’t abandon your church. Look to Christ. Follow Jesus. Embrace the mind of Christ. Pray. Serve others. Forgive. Encourage the people around you. Tell the truth. Be generous. Bless and do not curse. Do good. Contentment is found when we know Christ and follow him. Don’t look anywhere else.

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