STATE OF CONTENTMENT

By Roy Burner - Minister of the Gospel


INTRODUCTION

State of contentment sounds like Utopia, a book written by Sir Thomas More (1516), about a perfect society on an imaginary island; especially in the social, political, and moral aspect.  In the world in which we live, many times we are seeing the opposite.  


State of Contentment - Despite One's Situation

A state of contentment is of being content despite one's situation in life.  Quotes of such:  A contented mind is the greatest blessing a man can enjoy in the world.  A contented heart is an even sea in the midst of storms.  Contentment is better than riches.

The apostle Paul wrote:  Not that I speak in respect of want (or regard of need): for I have learned, in whatever state I am, therewith to be content.  I know both how to be abased (or live humbly), and I know how to abound (or live in prosperity): every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need (Philippians 4:11-12). 

A Bible commentary noted: Contentment is not learned in a classroom nor overnight, but through many experiences in life, as one learns the important things in life.

Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain

Scripture reveals: We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.  And having food and raiment (or clothing) let us be therewith content (1 Timothy 6:7-8).

A Bible commentary noted:  Man enters the world at birth possessing nothing, in order to teach him that he will exit the world in the same manner; taking nothing with him.  This is a divine means of showing man that since material wealth is relatively insignificant, he should pursue the important necessities of life:  Righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, and meekness.

Scripture reveals:  Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust does corrupt (or ruin), and where thieves break through and steal.  But lay up for yourself treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust does corrupt, and where thieves do not break through and steal: For where your treasure is, there will your heart (and contentment) be also (Matthew 6:19-21).  Laying up treasures in heaven is rewards for faithful service as illustrated in the teachings of our Lord.

Imaginary Utopia

One's conduct is to be without covetousness and to be content with such things as you have!  Many seek after the imaginary utopia of one's own design but do not find it.  The real utopia is in a heavenly gain. 

State of contentment will be to the one who has grasped hold of the Master's hand (the Lord Jesus Christ); who will see one through troublesome times, as well as moments of bliss, to those who are anchored in the provisions of His Word!

Contentment in Ungodly Lifestyles

There are those who are in; what they believe a state of contentment, consuming ungodly lifestyles because they are blinded to the truth.  The apostle Paul wrote:  If our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost (or perishing): in whom the god of this world (or Satan) has blinded the minds of them which believe not, lest the light of the glorious gospel of Christ, who is the image of God, should shine unto them (2 Corinthians 4:3-4).

This is the condemnation that light (the Lord Jesus Christ) came into the world, and men loved darkness rather than light, because their deeds were evil.  For everyone that does (or practices) evil hates the light, neither comes to the light, lest his deeds should be reproved (or exposed) (John 3:19-10). 

Sin-Ridden World Surpasses Sodom and Gomorrah Era

We live in a sin-ridden world that far surpasses the evil times of Sodom and Gomorrah; which were destroyed by God as an example to them that afterward should live ungodly. 

Scripture warns of those that walk after the flesh (or fleshly desires) in the lust of uncleanness and despise government (or authority), presumptions are they, self-willed, they are not afraid to speak evil of dignities (or dignitaries) (2 Peter 2:10).  We are seeing many who advocate ungodly lifestyles with no shame, or reproach, but rather with pride. 

Wages of Unrighteousness

Scripture reveals: And shall receive the reward (or wages) of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot (or revel) in the daytime.  Spots they are and blemishes, sporting (or reveling in) themselves with their own deceivings, while they feast with you (2 Peter 2:13).

Sin is boldly proclaimed with little or no reproach.  Modern day electronics is a effective tool to enhance the ungodliness of man.  Hand held devices can readily bring such to one's attention in an instance, and lure one into sensual pleasure and lust.  Many find, in so doing, there is a temporary state of contentment in such activity.

State of Contentment Lies within Each Individual 

The state of contentment lies within each individual as to what they will allow or disallow in their life.  One cannot straddle the fence to embrace unrighteousness and righteousness at the same time.  Scripture gives an illustration of such:  Can the fig tree bear olive berries?  Either a vine, figs?  So can no fountain both yield salt water and fresh (James 3:12).

Scripture reveals that Christ loved the church, and gave himself for it.  That he might sanctify (or set it apart) and cleanse it with the washing of water by the word.  That he might present it to himself a glorious church, not having spot, or wrinkle, on any such thing; but that it should be holy and without blemish (Ephesians 5:26-27).

Christ desires that you be a part of His church; living a separated life of godliness and dedication to Him.  In so doing, one puts away the old man (prior to conversion) and puts on the new man (after conversion) in the newness of Christ.  Scripture reveals: Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature (or creation); old things are passed away, all things are become new (2 Corinthians 5:17).

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