From Fathers Heart To Yours
Tuesday, December 12, 2017

FROM FATHER'S HEART TO YOURS

BE CONTENT

by Ralph Hale

CONTENT--to be satisfied--to be at peace with place, time and events.

CONTENTION on the other hand is to be in a place of unrest, in debate, in a contest.

In the world today there are not very many who are content. I see more and more the unsatisfied, unrestful condition of people. This is true of Christian and non-Christian alike. The Christian however is suppose to be content and complete in Christ. People of the world do not have anything to trust in that will bring this contentment to them. So ultimately people are jumping from one new toy to another, one thrill to another seeking peace and satisfaction but never finding anything that lasts.

Jesus said; "take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man's life consisteth not in the abundance of things which he possesseth."  ( Luke 12: 15) Seek ye first the kingdom of God and His righteousness and all these things will be added unto you.  ( Matt. 6 : 33 )

John came preaching repentance, telling  the people he was preparing the way for the  Lord to come. He said for the people to do what's right and to be content. ( Luke 3 : 14 )

Hear the Word of the Lord: "better is little with the fear of the Lord, than great treasure and trouble therewith." ( Pr. 15 : 16 )

Do you hear this? Most people in this country ( U.S.A.) have been programmed to want more, seek more, get more at any cost. However, you will find that in most cases where this mindset is adopted and acted upon, there is no peace and contentment. The love of money has brought trouble instead. Just take a look at the "so called" rich and famous. More money, more trouble! There are some exceptions and it does not have to be that way. What then?

Jesus spoke to a rich man one day who was seeking to be content. When the man was told he must loose his love of money and things, he didn't understand. Jesus was not opposed to him having money, He was opposed to money having him. ( Mk. 10 : 24 ) It is not having money that is the root of all evil, it is the love of money. ( I Tim. 6:10 )

Here's the answer!  Learning to be content!  Paul wrote that he had learned that whether he had little or had much, to be content. Be satisfied, be at peace! ( Ph.4:10-11) People in other countries know this valuable lesson. They have never in some cases, had a lot of extras. Some haven't had enough, so everything is a blessing for them. They are very grateful for what they have. Here we have become complainers about what we don't have.

What should we want more, seek more, get more of? Jesus of course!  If we are truly Christians, then we are to be desiring and seeking more of Christ! (Col. 3:1-4 ) "Godliness with contentment is great gain." (ITim. 6:6) "and having food and raiment (clothing) let us be therewith content." (ITim. 6:8 ) Honestly I don't know anybody that is content with just having food and clothing. But if you had been  with us on the streets of New York City feeding homeless people, you would have seen a lot of people very thankful that we were there giving out food.

"Let our 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." (Heb. 13:5 )

We are approaching the holiday season, when the focus turns toward  food, gifts, gatherings and festive occasions. In many cases this will be a burden, still others will enjoy all the sights, sounds, smells, tastes and people. Yet there are some that will enjoy giving to others who do not have as much.

What a joy it would be if we all could get our focus off ourselves and get it on Jesus Christ! It is then and only then that we find our lives fully content, at peace and satisfied. It is then that we will understand that it is more blessed to give than to receive. It is then that we understand the proverb that tells us the way to fullness is to empty out, the way to gain is to give away, the way to overcome hate is to love and the way to be content is to be fully in Christ and He in us!