Are You Content?

How much money is enough?
Many would reply, “Just a little bit more.”
We live in a very materialistic world. One’s success in life is often judged based on what they have. If you have a nice house, drive a nice vehicle, wear nice clothes, you are deemed successful. But, does a nice home and car and clothes automatically equate to success? Not if we follow the Biblical principles for success.
In the sermon-on-the-mount, Jesus said we shouldn’t worry about what we are going to wear or eat. He said, “Look at the birds of the air… God feeds them.. and look at the lilies of the field… they don’t toil nor spin but God clothes them…” So, Jesus added, “If the Heavenly Father takes care of the birds of the air and the lilies of the field, surely He will take care of us” (Matthew 6).
Paul said essentially the same. Paul said, “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content” (I Timothy 6:6-8).
Think about what Paul said, “… true godliness with contentment is great wealth.” So, are we content? Contentment is something many people struggle with. We always want more. Part of the reason for this is our culture. Americans are very materialistic. We think more money, bigger house, etc… is sure to bring happiness. But it doesn’t.
How many times have you heard someone who grew up poor say, “We didn’t have a lot of money, but we had love.” That proves that money doesn’t bring happiness. I’m not suggesting having money automatically makes someone unhappy. You can have wealth and be happy as long you have the wealth but the wealthy doesn’t have you.
So, are you content? Are you happy? Maybe you are struggling with that. Maybe you know someone who has more than you and it’s eating at you. Don’t let it. Just because someone has more stuff doesn’t mean they are better than you. God doesn’t judge us on what we have but the condition of ur heart. So, today, ask the Lord to help us be content.

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