1999-01-12 - Contentment
Philippians 3:20 For our citizenship is in heaven, from which we also eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.
3. Why contentment is a high point of the Christian faith
2. The fruit it produces
Contentment produces weanedness from the world. We have mentioned this in the past, but being free from the ties of the world is a great advantage to the Christian. We all know that the things that we love; family, our jobs, where we live, money, power, and such, hold our affections. However, when we are content in the things that God provides for us, we are able to be more and more free from the cares that burden us and wants that paralyze us. We are more free from the worldly things we often cast our love upon.
The more we focus and center our love in and towards God and our relationship with Him the more content we may be with all the other (smaller) loves we have that hold our affections. The more our affections are directed and sent Godward, the freer we are in this life from want, worry, covetousness, murmuring, and the cares of the world.
When our souls are detained by and in thoughts of God, we have little thought of being discontent in our circumstances here on earth. The more we grow indifferent to power, wealth, position, pleasure, and honor, the more our desires and yearnings can and will be focused on the person and glory of God.
I say these things are a great advantage to us because this world is not our true home. "Set your affections on the things that are above" (Col. 3:2) is not a cute Biblical mantra that we can comfort ourselves with. It is a positive duty of every Christian. The fact that our "Citizenship is in heaven" is not pie in the sky, it is to be a comfort to us.
Weanedness from the world, for the Christian, means that we are governed by religion and not our carnal interests. Weanedness from the world is what James 1:27 has in mind when it says, "This is pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God, to visit orphans and widows in their distress, to keep oneself unspotted from the world."
"A man diseased in body can have little joy of his wealth, be it ever so much. A golden crown cannot cure the headache, nor the velvet slipper give ease to the gout, nor a purple robe fray away a burning fever; a sick man is alike sick wherever you lay him, on a bed of gold, or on a pad of straw; with a silk quilt, or a sorry rag on him: so no more can riches, gold or silver, land and livings, had a man ever so much, minister unto him much joy, yea, or any true joy at all, where the mind is distracted and discontent. Without contentment, there is no joy, there is no profit, no pleasure in any thing." Spencer
Soli Deo Gloria,