Choose To Be Content

philippians4-11“But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” I Timothy 6:6-8.

“Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” Hebrews 13:5.

“Remove far from me vanity and lies: give me neither poverty nor riches; feed me with food convenient for me.” Proverbs 30:8.

Contentment is a choice for a Christian.  God has promised to meet our needs (Philippians 4:19) so only our wants get in the way of being content.  When associated with godliness there is great blessing for a Christian in being content with the lot God gives them.  Further, God allows some to be given more material blessings than others in this life but with those extra blessings comes greater responsibility to use the blessings wisely. (Luke 12:48). Irregardless of how we are blessed in this life we, as Christians, can be as content with little as with much. Philippians 4:11.

Most Christians can probably find contentment more easily with neither poverty or riches (due to the snare of wealth).  G. K. Chesterton has stated that “There cannot be a nation of millionaires, and there never has been a nation of Utopian comrades; but there have been any number of nations of tolerably contented peasants.”  This is undoubtedly true for all people but for Christians, no matter what our lot in this life, we can choose to live a completely contented life in Christ.

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