“I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:11-13
It’s all a matter of recognizing the difference between need and want. But so often, this line becomes blurry when we allow other faces of sin to crowd around. Faces of sin? Yes! Grandpapi Pride comes to mind, it’s cousin Envy and nephew Covet. Let’s not neglect the in-laws . . . Want and Need! Oh, and their little offspring Take! And the matriarch of the family — Mother Me!
This side of the “family” breeds nothing but discontent and the need to feed the hunger of self preservation. It truly boils down to being all about yourself. While the Bible is notorious for it’s diverse line of unrighteous characters, leading that charge would be King Herod. A man who was not only King of a nation, but king of himself. The world, both near and far, revolved around nothing else but Herod. After 10 wives, of which he murdered one, and after many children, of which he murdered two, Herod received word of the birth of another king in his land. To a man who lived a life of cruelty, self-centered indulgence, plagued by paranoia, the news of another king would be considered a last straw. So, true to his character, he orders the mass execution of all the boys ages 0-2. This act of assurance, power and terror was used by God to bring glory to His Kingdom! Herod was not living a secret life of content.
The apostle Paul found this secret! It’s a life in and through Christ. When you welcome Content to the table, you invite the whole family too! Through Christ our hearts meet Satisfied, Peace and sitting at the end of the table opposite Content you’ll find Joy!
Lord Jesus, may I be content in all things! With or without! Regardless of my circumstances!
“Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said, ‘Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you.’ So we say with confidence, ‘The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid. What can man do to me?'” Hebrews 13:5-6