Continuing on with relaying some of what I’m learning from Ron Blue in Kingdom Advisors, I want to share with you some thoughts on creating contentment in your life. A lot of this stems from the fact that contentment, according to Paul in Phil 4.11, can be learned. In addition to being learned, it also is not determined by our income. If we waited for contentment to come from a certain income level, we’d be akin to a dog forever chasing his tail. And thirdly, the Bible, while providing some parameters, does not clearly define what amount is enough for a Christian lifestyle, and so there is no need to measure or quantify what others think is right for your unique situation. That said, here are seven principles to help in pursuing contentment.
- Prayerfully seek God’s direction regarding your lifestyle. (Prov 3.5-6)
- Learn to be content. (Phil 4.11)
- Learn to avoid coveting (Exodus 20.17)
- Do not determine your lifestyle by comparing it to others (1 John 2.15-17)
- Freely enjoy whatever you spend in the spirit (1 Tim 4.4)
- Make an effort to live more simple (1 Thess 4.11)
- Do not be conformed to this world (Rom 12.2)
I think what a lot of Christians fail to grasp is number 5. Some people have this dichotomy of thought that Christians are to be miserably poor or blissfully wealthy, when in fact I think God is infinitely more concerned about our hearts regardless of our net worth. Additionally, I believe that some Christians think it is bad to enjoy what we do spend. This mentality ignores what Paul commands Timothy to do in 1 Tim chapters 5 and 6. The money we are entrusted with is to be used to provide (5.8) and enjoy (6.7), both of which are to be done within contentment (6.6-8).
The whole paradigm of contentment in life is framed by the fact that it can be learned, and can be learned independently of our wealth or lack thereof. Pursue contentment, because from contentment flows generosity, peace, increased giving, and joy. Till next time, Jack.