YOU TOO CAN BE CONTENT
PHILIPPIANS 4: 10 - 13
JESUS CHRIST spoke often of qualities that produce
contentment in life. He typified by His very life this desirable quality
Do you know persons you would classify as content? Do
people think of you when they think of contented people?
I. REPRESSION IS A REALITY
The word translated "need" (Vs. 11) means "destitution."
This need is described as being found in every circumstance
possible. Paul described it as:
ABASED - ranked below another or to be brought low.
Meager existence, humbling circumstances, or even abuse. Have
you ever felt put-down either by circumstances or someone? Did
you feel contentment at the time? Do you think it is hard to be
content in such circumstances? Consider the other extreme.
ABOUND - to have more than abundance, to overflow.
Some think it evil to have POSSESSION, POSITION, OR POWER.
Some even suggest such assets should be given up or forsaken. It
is much more challenging and demanding to have such, use it
properly, and maintain a Christlike spirit than to give it up.
NOTE: It has to be learned. Paul said, "I have learned..."
When learning a new skill, sport, or job doesn't it make you
feel good if you know your mentor knows experientially what he is
talking about? Our text admits contentment is not a natural state.
You can't expect to strap on a pair of skis for the first time and
master the slopes like Tomba. You can't expect to pick up a set of
golf clubs for the first time and play like Greg Norman. You have to
learn. You can't expect to wake up one morning and be a master of
contentment. Paul learned several things we need to master.
It's internal. If you can't find contentment in yourself it is
foolish to seek it anywhere else.
Paul was content even in chains. This reveals contentment
is not dependent upon external circumstances. He had learned that
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