The Secret Society of the Contented (20 of 21) by Jerry Vines

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The Secret Society of the Contented (20 of 21)
Series: Joy Book
Jerry Vines
Philippians 4:10-13
10/30/05

Are you a contented person? If you have contentment you have a great treasure. Paul says in I Timothy 6, verse 6, "But godliness with contentment is great gain." You are indeed a rich person if you have contentment.

Someone said about contentment that it softens our privations, sweetens our provisions, and makes a cottage as fair as a castle.

Are you a contented person? I'm afraid that there are not many contented people in the world. The majority of you have received Christ as your Savior. But I fear that even many of you who are saved really are not content.

People are looking for contentment. They have a restlessness, an unease, a sense of dissatisfaction in their life, and they are not really satisfied with their life. They would like to be content.

I heard about a Quaker who wanted to teach a lesson to his neighbors. He said that he was going to give a lot of land to the most contented person in the village. One day a guy came and knocked on his door to collect the lot. The Quaker said to him, "Art thee a contented person?" The man said, "Yes, I am." The Quaker said, "If thou art contented, then why dost thee want my lot?"

Are you contented? Are you really satisfied in life? Many people are not. They are not filled with contentment. They are filled with complaint. We complain about a lot of things. Whine, pine and recline is the way a lot of people live their life.

We complain if the children are noisy, rather than being grateful that they are healthy and happy. We lament our work when there are many people who are too sick to work. We are discontent because our car is not the way we would like for it to be or our house is not the way it should be, and yet there are many people in the world who have never seen a car and they have never had a house.

I want to talk to you this morning about contentment. I'm go ...


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