Let me ask you a question; are you experiencing contentment in your life?  Or do you have an unfulfilled desire that gnaws away at you day and night?  Let me begin by saying, if you belong to Jesus Christ, you can and should learn the secret to a contented life; a life that is satisfied with God’s providential plan for you.  The Apostle Paul knew something about living a contented life.  He told Timothy, “godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we carry nothing out.  And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.”  Paul learned the secret to contentment in every circumstance of life.  (Philippians 4:11-12).  There are six basic steps to a contented life for the child of God from the teachings of Paul:

  1. Learn to give thanks in all things.  Apostle Paul learned to give thanks in every circumstance and he encouraged every believer to do the same thing.  We must understand that thankfulness is first of all a matter of obedience (I Thessalonians 5:18), and it is a characteristic of a Spirit-filled believer.
  2. Learn to be satisfied with little.  Paul told the Philippians that he knew “how to be abased… and to abound.”  He learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.”  He went on to proclaim, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”
  3. Learn to rest in God’s providence.  If you and I truly know God, then we know that He is progressively unfolding His plan and purpose in our lives.  Everything God does in our lives is for our good and for His glory (Romans 8:28).  We should never be surprised or ungrateful when we experience trials because we know that God sees perfectly the end result.
  4. Learn to live above life’s circumstances.  Paul stated in II Corinthians 12:9-10, “…most gladly I will rather boast in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.  Therefore I take pleasure in infirmities, in reproaches, in needs, in persecutions, in distresses, for Christ’s sake.  For when I am weak, then I am strong.”  Paul took pleasure in the power of Christ revealed through the hardships.
  5. Learn to rely on God’s power and provision (Hebrews 13:5).  God permeates every believer with His own strength and sustains us in our time of need until we receive provision from Him.
  6. Learn to become preoccupied with the well-being of others (Philippians 2:3-4).  A self-centered individual is a discontented person.  But the soul of a generous individual, that individual lives for the interests and benefits of others will find blessing upon blessings in his life.

We have not begun to live until we can say like Paul; “I have learned in whatsoever state I am in therewith to be content.”  Then we will know we are growing in Christ.

Your servant in Christ,

Pastor Moore