Finding Contentment Is All About Perspective
Exactly how much money is “enough?” One famous old tycoon said, “one more dollar.” One of the basic truths of the Christian life is that we will never have enough until we find our satisfaction in Jesus Christ, the Living Water.
The Bible gives us a fresh perspective on things to lead us to contentment…
Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
- 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT)
First, we need to see godliness AS wealth rather than material things. For some reason, as Americans, we have the mistaken notion that it is somehow “mission work” to help the rest of the world live like Americans. But there are people who live in huts with tin roofs who are far more deeply satisfied in Christ than many Americans with 3.5 flat screen televisions.
Second, we need to see THINGS as TEMPORARY. Someone taught me a long time ago to say, “It’s all going to burn up someday anyway.” Why make material things the goal of your life when everything you pursue will someday go away? You can’t take material wealth to heaven with you.
Third, we need to see what we currently have as enough. This doesn't mean you won’t go through times of financial need. It simply means that adding more material things to my current collection won’t actually satisfy my soul any more than it already is. As the magical Mary Poppins said, “Enough is as good as a feast.”
So value spiritual things over material, see every material thing as temporary, and realize that you probably have enough things anyway. At the end of the day, Jesus is enough. And only Jesus truly satisfies.
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