The word CONTENTMENT means to be self-sufficient or to be satisfied with. The Bible says, “Don’t be obsessed with getting more material things. Be relaxed with what you have. Since God assured us, “I’ll never let you down, never walk off and leave you.” Read Hebrews 13:5 (MSG). Here, we see a key word used ‘obsessed,’ in relation to acquiring material things. I don’t believe this is a strange term when we come to think of it, because at some point in our lives, we probably would have developed an insatiable appetite for acquiring material things, such that, some people get into debt to acquire.
Dearly beloved, I noticed, CONTENTMENT and COVETOUSNESS go hand in hand, and we can’t speak of one without the other. The word COVETOUS, “is the desire to acquire what is not rightfully yours,” more like an un-controllable appetite to get all you can get, and can all you get. Exodus 20:17 (TLB), “You must not be envious of your neighbor’s house, or want to sleep with his wife, or want to own his slaves, oxen, donkeys, or anything else he has.” Here, we see the root of COVETOUSNESS and a lack of CONTENTMENT is envy. When people are envious of what other people have, it breeds envy, and in some instances, people would go to great length to feed the envious desire.
CONTENTMENT is not a natural propensity of man. Selah (pause and calmly think). In other words, CONTENTMENT can be learned, and I am glad we have the help of the Holy Spirit as our anchor and mentor. I strongly believe, CONTENTMENT is an important key to success, to living a balanced and stress free life, to living a life without carrying any yoke of bondage or burden. And in any case, why do you want to carry that yoke of bondage, when Jesus said, “For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.” Read Matthew 11:30 (NIV). Watch this, you and I are not meant to be burdened by material things, yet people allow themselves to be burdened with worthless things; remember Jesus said, “His burden is light.”
CONTENTMENT is a pathway to experiencing fruitfulness, joy unspeakable and full of glory moments on the earth, and I want to encourage you not to rob yourself of enjoying and be content with what you have and where you are. I am not saying don’t have an ambition, but submit that ambition under the leading of God, and let Him carry the weight for you. Here is a question for you to ponder before the continuation of Part 1, what are you to COVET?
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