Pleased Just Being
We live in a world were everyone is seeking security. We seek it in our jobs, homes, family, authorities, weapons, sexuality and mostly our wealth. We base our existence and future on the amount of wealth we have. As long as we stay moral or better than the worse criminal, we are living good. Sounds like the rich young ruler or the prodigal son chasing dreams of the world.
Luke 18: 17-21
18 A certain ruler asked him, “Good teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?”
19 “Why do you call me good?” Jesus answered. “No one is good—except God alone. 20 You know the commandments: ‘You shall not commit adultery, you shall not murder, you shall not steal, you shall not give false testimony, honor your father and mother.’[a]”
21 “All these I have kept since I was a boy,” he said.
We truly believe that God wants us rich rather than grateful. We say that our heavenly Father wants us to have things. We carefully over look and ignore His plainly written words. We covet the world to the point of changing the gospel or just not having one. If you can just learn to be content and seek after God first and mostly we would find peace (Matthew 6:33-34). My wife told me a story about my daughter that shows how we should be. She told me how our little girl was so content with the toys she had. She would pretend to cook on one of our sons tool bench using her tea set. She improvised for pots and pans pretending to prepare meals for her brothers as she played house. Not once did she complain about not having anything. My little girl made due with what she had and enjoyed every minute of it. She didn’t talk about how she does not get anything from her mother or father. She didn’t complain about how her brothers got toys when she didn’t. She didn’t frown and fold her arms saying she couldn’t do something because she didn’t have what she needed. All she did was make due, with happiness and joy in her heart.
1 Timothy 6:5-9
5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. 13 I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
After my wife had explain this to me she expressed her desire to get our daughter a kitchen for Christmas. My wife told me of how she wanted to give whatever she can for our little girl because of her contentment. Keep in mind that the opposite of contentment is covetousness and God not being our only LORD stands in the way of covetousness. Being content with where you are and what you have is an act of faith as well as submission to God.