Contentment – A Learned Virtue: Sermon By Deaconess Jackie Wandia
Contentment is a state of happiness and satisfaction. It is being at ease in body, mind and with the situation one is in.
Contentment is desire at rest not absence of desire. If I am not satisfied now then I will not be satisfied in the future.
The world we live in is constantly bombarding us with a new thing for the next level and our contentment is always challenged. Competition and comparison is one of the ways that discontentment finds place in our hearts.
A desire to explore the world becomes a desire to own the whole world.
The problem is not desire, but the state of our hearts.
Contentment is the state of your heart not the state of circumstance (financial, relational, etc). God desires our hearts to be at a place of gratitude.
If our hearts are not in the right place, we will seek contentment in the wrong things.
Discontentment starts at an early age and the human tendency is to want more or different. Humanity often thinks that God is holding out on us.
Adam and Eve believed the enemy’s lie that God was holding out on something greater.
Contentment is being at peace with where you are even as you look forward to where you are going.
If we listen to the world, we will always compare what we have with what others have.
You’ll understand contentment more when you understand purpose. This is because you will be aware what is available to you according to who you are and your jurisdiction.
The only thing that limits an altar is purpose because we are all called to different jurisdictions. Therefore, there are things that you may desire, but they are not for you because they are not within your jurisdiction.
There are things you may want and never get because they are not on our jurisdiction. You only get what is in your jurisdiction.
Being in a prophetic community means we are always looking to the future. We look forward to heaven and not the God of heaven. We look forward to the fulfillment of a prophetic word and miss on the God of now and the journey we are taking with Him.
We need our hearts to change so that God is enough for you. We all need to get to the place where truly, God is enough for us.
The beauty of Christianity is relationship with God.
In the Bible where God was most abundant was where people were most discontent. Each time God proved His presence and His abundance, the people were soon dissatisfied.
A challenge that humans beings have is never being satisfied. Even if you got everything that you wanted, you would still want more.
Hoarding is a sign of distrust in God.
Contentment is not automatic even when we are saved. It is a virtue that is learned.
If we are content in God, nothing can take away our satisfaction.
Our resource in God is more than enough for every situation.
Contentment is in the God and not what you have.
In Him all the treasures of [divine] wisdom (comprehensive insight into the ways and purposes of God) and [all the riches of spiritual] knowledge and enlightenment are stored up and lie hidden.Colossians 2:3 (AMPC)
If you do not seek God to understand your purpose, you will always want what the other person has and never be satisfied with what you get.
The reason that nothing in this world can permanently satisfy you, is because you were made in Him and by Him, and only He can truly, completely, and permanently satisfy your every desire.
Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.”Hebrews 13:5 (ESV)
And he said to them, “Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions.” And he told them a parable, saying, “The land of a rich man produced plentifully, and he thought to himself, ‘What shall I do, for I have nowhere to store my crops?’
And he said, ‘I will do this: I will tear down my barns and build larger ones, and there I will store all my grain and my goods. And I will say to my soul, “Soul, you have ample goods laid up for many years; relax, eat, drink, be merry.”’ But God said to him, ‘Fool! This night your soul is required of you, and the things you have prepared, whose will they be?’ So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.”Luke 12:15-21 (ESV)
Anxiety is anticipating a challenge without seeing the strength God has put in you to overcome it. It is removing God from the situations we face.
If you do not have God, then all that you do and have will be in vain because you’ll have missed out on the bigger picture.
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.Philippians 4:11-13 (ESV)
God infuses us with inner strength and peace.
When you check your heart and find that your if-only is where your contentment, satisfaction, and peace is, then you’ll never be at peace.
Our what-if battles when entertained in our minds create discontentment. Discontentment affects our view of life. It causes us to covet what our neighbour has.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male servant, or his female servant, or his ox, or his donkey, or anything that is your neighbor’s.Exodus 20: 17 (ESV)
You can only change your mind if you are transformed by the word of God. Transformation is not changing external behaviour but the change of our hearts’ perceptions.
Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.Romans 12:2 (ESV)
Our efforts to be transformed follow the enabling of the Holy Spirit because we cannot be transformed without His effectual working in us.
The secret of contentment is Jesus who is our treasure. God is the goal. Christ is enough. Apostle Paul said that all he ever needed is in Christ.
Seeing things from God’s vantage point creates an environment for us to embrace contentment.
Desires can weary our souls. We tend to want everything immediately and in the now and forget that life is a journey. Our desires are to be weaned so that they do not overwhelm us.
Contentment does not devalue the desire or the objects of desire but it aims at correcting your anxious grasping of those desires.
Contentment slows you down to live in the moment and be happy in the now. It also helps us to appreciate what we have. Don’t be so discontented with your now, and so focused on your tomorrow, that you miss out in the God of today.
Contentment encourages gratefulness. We should be wary if our gratitude is limited to what we have because you’ll soon be dissatisfied with those things and will want more.
Contentment is not complacency. Neither is it lack of desire or growth. Complacency is refusing to better your situation especially when you’ve been given the opportunity to do so.
Purpose gives us contentment because we understand our jurisdiction and know what is for us and what is meant for someone else. We know our limits.
Life will always give us the opportunity to be content or discontent.
Contentment is trust. It is trusting the heart of God for us; believing that God will come through for you.
Waiting expands us and we have to trust that even in waiting God has given us what we need.
Discontentment is a gauge on the state of your heart. You should use it to measure where you are as far as contentment is concerned.
Discontentment is living in bondage to our desires and it poisons our relationships with jealousy and strife.
Discontentment in one area of your life will spread into other areas of your life.
Letting go of your past and finding sufficiency in Christ allows you to be content.
It is important for you to seek God and His Kingdom because you get to know who you are and where you belong.
Contentment is not a stopping point. We should not be afraid to be content thinking that God will not provide for us in our contentment. Contentment is part of the way to get to where you need to go.
It is a precious moment to appreciate all that is around you.
But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.1 Timothy 6:6-10 (ESV)
Live one day at a time trusting that the Lord will provide for all your needs. In every area, and for every need, God is able to supply.
The person that you’ll become tomorrow hinges on the person that you are today.Bishop Gobanga