We discussed what contentment is and how to find it over the last two weeks. Defining contentment as “when what you have fulfills what you desire” gives us a very straightforward idea of contentment and how to get it. But the problem is that kind of contentment can be easily changed by your circumstances in life. If you lose the things you have, you are no longer content because that definition only considers your material things.
There is, however, a way to find true contentment – contentment that lasts through any change in your circumstances. I’m talking about contentment that triumphs over anything that might happen in your life – good or bad. This kind of contentment is completely independent of what happens to you on Earth, and it only comes through faith in Jesus Christ.
How Christ Brings True Contentment
To understand how Christ brings true contentment to those who believe in Him, we must grasp these four concepts:
- Faith in Jesus Christ gives us eternal life with God.
- Eternal life with God is far greater than anything we can imagine for ourselves in our life on Earth.
- So we put our hope in Christ and the eternal life He gives – not in the things of this world.
- Then Christ can give us true contentment that conquers any circumstance we may face, but we must continue to focus on our hope in Him and weigh everything against the surpassing value of our eternal life with God.
Faith in Jesus Gives Eternal Life
All of the prophets, the apostles, and Jesus himself testify to the fact that if we believe in Him we will have our sins forgiven and receive eternal life with Him in Heaven. Understanding how Jesus can bring true contentment to deal with the circumstances in our life requires that we accept this truth. Without it, you will never know how to find true contentment in Christ.
Eternal Life with God Outweighs All Else
Life with God in Heaven will be unimaginably better than anything we can experience in this life. There will be no more tears, no more pain, no more sorrow, no more suffering, and no more separation from God. We will be able to experience the presence of God at all times and behold His glory. The finest things on Earth cannot compare with what we will have in Heaven. There are no words to describe the surpassing greatness of eternal life with God over life in this world.
Our Hope Is in Christ & Eternal Life with Him
Because we know that eternal life in Heaven with God will be so much better than anything we can have on Earth, we put our hope in Christ and the salvation we receive through Him. Christians find no happiness or contentment in anything the world can offer – we look only to Jesus and the reward that waits for us in Heaven.
Our time on Earth is not a chance to accumulate all we can, experience all the best things life has to offer, or to make a name for ourselves. Instead, we view this life as a chance to serve God before we are called home – to our true home – by spreading the good news about Jesus Christ and by obeying His teachings. Our success is not measured by our jobs, our wealth, or our fame. Success for Christians is measured by how closely we walk with the Lord and imitate His life.
We don’t look at our circumstances to determine whether we are happy or content. Our one desire is to know God, and our faith in Christ fulfills that one desire. Everything else is counted as nothing when compared to the glory of knowing Him.
True Contentment in Christ
Once we fully believe and practice those three things, Christ can give us true contentment that can conquer any circumstance we will ever face. This is what Paul spoke about in Philippians 4:
11 Not that I speak in respect to lack, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content in it. 12 I know how to be humbled, and I know also how to abound. In everything and in all things I have learned the secret both to be filled and to be hungry, both to abound and to be in need. 13 I can do all things through Christ, who strengthens me.
Philippians 4:11-13 (WEB)
The power of Christ, the salvation He provides, and the contentment He gives overcome the desires of our flesh and the cravings of the world. Jesus fulfills all our needs to the point that even when we lack in this life we can still be content. We find the strength to have peace in all circumstances through Him. And that’s how Jesus brings us true contentment.
Do You Want That Kind of Contentment?
So tell me – what kind of contentment do you want? Do you want the kind of contentment that disappears whenever you see something you want and can’t have? Or do you want the kind of contentment that brings you peace and joy in all circumstances – even in the face of death?
To have contentment that is never affected by your circumstances requires that you go to Christ. You must seek Him and learn to trust Him. You must continually focus on the hope you have in Him and the unspeakable riches that come through eternal life with God. If you take your eyes off of Him, then the worries of this life will choke you and you’ll find yourself in discontentment once again.
You have the choice to experience true contentment right now. It is within your grasp. If it’s been eluding you all your life, you now know how to find it. Come to Jesus. Take His yoke. And experience the peace that surpasses all understanding and will guard your heart and thoughts in all circumstances. I pray that you will find contentment in Christ and know what it means to have all your needs fulfilled by Him.
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