Devotions

Contentment #5 – To Be or Not To Be

Contentment #5 – To Be or Not To Be
Josh Lahring | Production Director

In the American culture today, one thing you will not see a lot of is contentment.  Everyone is always striving to have the next best thing:  a phone, car, house, TV, computer, or better job.  All of these are the daily pursuit for most people.  We give up our time, our money, and make huge sacrifices just to get more and more of these things.  We work hard to experience the pleasures that this world has to offer us.  This is when contentment is so needed.

Now, there are times in life when being content can be a form of laziness.  I hardly ever feel content with anything that I do.   I always think I could have done better afterward. I love to play music, and I started playing guitar when I was 12 years old.  If I were ever content with my guitar playing after I learned a few songs, I would still be playing it as I did when I was 12.  Instead, I wanted to be better and be able to play more difficult songs so every week I spend hours practicing refining my skill.  Most of us are like this in all different areas of our lives like sports, art, music, or our jobs.

So why are we not like that with our walk with Christ?  Many of us are content with going to church on a Sunday, or just praying before a meal.  We are not interested in putting in the time to grow in our walk.  We will read books and other material to get better at many other things that we do, but the one book that really matters we do not spend any time in. The Bible is our way to grow in our relationship with Christ.  We should never be content in our knowledge of it.  Paul speaks to pressing on towards the call of Christ in Philippians 3:14-21, “I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.  Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you.  Only let us hold true to what we have attained.”

Paul had learned contentment in things, but not in his calling.  He did not want more things.  He wanted more of Jesus.

Is your mind set on earthly things?

Are you content with how you are following Christ?



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