How To Be Content
Author: Bruce W. Roeser
It has been said that becoming a saint doesn’t make your flesh any better. This is true, however what is there that can set a saint apart from the world as it falls apart?
In the present dispensation -
The following section of Philippians gives us a glimpse of one key aspect of the true Saint of God. The aspect that is in focus here is that of contentment. Let's have a look at the section then take it apart bit-
V5: Let your moderation be known unto all men.
As Saints of the Most High we are to behave with a moderate style. What does that mean? Simply this: we are to be stable. People need to be able to look at us and see the stability that we have in the face of all the instability that is so prevalent around us. We are to be consistent in our behavior. We don't want to be viewed like the following:
James 1:8 A double minded man is unstable in all his ways.
Rather, part of our moderation is to be observed in the way we speak and conduct ourselves.
Eph 4:29 Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers.
By “corrupt communication” Paul is not particularly concerned about the use of “4-
This is a tough one to actually put into practice -
If we get ourselves into a state of worry over something, then we have lost the big picture. We have forgotten that no matter what we are going through at the time it is temporary. Read the following:
V8: “A Mind is a terrible thing to waste”.
Paul makes a specific point here of directing the saints to keep their minds on GOOD stuff. Ever hear the phrase “GIGO” … that's “Garbage In, Garbage Out”. An old computer term; and just as relevant today as it ever has been. One of the key components of contentment is the state of your mind.
2Ti 1:7 For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.
V9: Follow Paul's Example.
Paul is stepping out on a long limb and making a bold claim here -
Paul is making a clear point here that contentment is not to be based on the situation that you are presently living in. It is not to be based on where you are as compared with someone else. The following deals with being content with your situation. Does this mess with anyone's present attitude?
Frustration (Lack of Contentment) – what causes it?
Aside from the fact that failure to observe the above can result in lack of contentment, let’s look at a few specific causes of frustration.
· Our Priorities are out-
· Spiritual Battle. (Eph 6:10-
· Living in the flesh. (Gal 5:16-
· Covetousness (Luk 12:15, Rom 1:29, Eph 5:3-
How can we cultivate the attitude of contentment?