Philippians 4:12 (NLT) I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. 13 For I can do everything through Christ,[d] who gives me strength.
Would you like to hear one of life’s great paradoxes? The more we learn to be satisfied with what we have and stop comparing our financial situation and status with those around us, the better we will feel about ourselves. In other words, the biblical discipline of learning and practicing contentment shows the myth of “ I deserve it because I earn it” is the heart of my message today a misnomer.
Learning to be satisfied is a good indication that we have learned that God is God, and that the Lord’s fatherly care and infinite wisdom can be trusted. The Lord on the cross paid the price so we don’t earn it, we work from it. It’s already done great people, Jesus did it for us! Now we just work in the Lord’s Grace, giving it our best.
Furthermore, those who learn to be satisfied and thankful for what they have been given will have more time and energy for the kinds of friendships and relationships that will meet their basic needs and honor God. I am now learning through much pain and frustration to work with what I have in all things!
Point to ponder- If you think about it, you’ll find that your attitude toward money, possessions, and even in relationships either fuels or cools your anger. If you have trouble living within your means, you really have two options: you can push harder to make more, or you can promote an atmosphere of contentment for what you have, and in so doing, relieve the pressure on yourself. I am not saying you should not strive for more in life or you should settle for less, all I am saying is learn the power of appreciating what you already have!
Quote Socrates- “Contentment is natural wealth, luxury is artificial poverty.”
Pastor James Baker, Jr.