The Real Meaning of Contentment
I'd like for you to open your Bibles to the book of Hebrews, chapter 13, and I want to read two verses. Hebrews 13:5-6,
Let your way of life be free from the love of money; being content with what you have: for he himself has said, I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you. So that we confidently say, The Lord is my helper, I will not be afraid. What shall man do to me?
There are only two kinds of people in this building tonight. I wonder which kind you are. There are those tonight in this building who are covetous, and there are those who are content. Really, every person falls into one of these two categories. You are either covetous, or you are content. You can't be both. There are no two things that are so mutually exclusive as covetousness and contentment. Like oil and water, fire and water, they won't mix. You are either covetous or content.
I was thinking today, is there anything that a person could desire more than contentment? As a matter of fact, that is why a fellow is covetous. The only reason a person becomes covetous is because he wants to become content. So he feels if he is able to gain whatever it is he covets, that will make him content. Everybody may not call it this, or use this terminology, but everybody is looking for contentment.
The word contentment here means to be sufficient within yourself. It means to be possessed of a strength that is sufficient. One translation says to be strong enough for anything, to ward off or defend against anything--to be self sufficient, to be self sustaining. Another word would be satisfied, in the total sense of the word. To have such contentment, such sufficiency within yourself that if any covetousness comes knocking on your door, or any dissatisfaction comes to attack you, you can defend against it. You can ward it off.
One of the big problems in most Christians' lives is that we have no defense ...
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