Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
Today, the apostle Paul is going to “teach us” via his epistle to the Philippians about the topic of contentment. When I think of what the bible says about being content, I ask myself the question, “How much is enough?” Ask yourself that question, beloved. How much of this or that do I need to be content? What can be overlooked as we dive into this topic of being content is the fact that Paul was writing about being content while he was chained between soldiers in a prison cell. Paul is receiving revelation from The Spirit of God about being content with much or nothing as he is “quarantined” in a prison cell! He is doing the work of an evangelist and leading people to the saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
I need not tell you that the fallen world system that we live in does not consider contentment to be a virtue. One word that is never mentioned in any sales pitch on any topic is the word content. Marketers try to make you believe that whatever they are selling is the very thing that will make your life worth living and make you happy. But God tells us otherwise. In Luke 12:15, The Lord Jesus said, “Take heed, and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth.” The apostle Paul wrote “But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8)
It would do each of us good to do some contentment inventory and ask ourselves the question, How much is enough? The only one who can satisfy that hole and emptiness inside each of us is The Lord Jesus Christ. The Spirit of God says this in Hebrews 13:5: “Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.” When Jesus is enough, you will not need something or someone else to try to fill the emptiness inside. Selah