Contentment Check

December 27, 2009

Another Christmas has come and gone. Did you get what you wanted? Perhaps, perhaps not. If you’re like me, even if you got stuff that you did want, you’re now on to your list of the next level of stuff you want. There always seems to be more stuff to want. This last week of the year is a great contentment check. Most of us were given something this week. Are we grateful for what we were given or are we complaining because of what we didn’t get?

Hebrews 13:5 has an interesting take on our contentment. The Hebrew writer said, “Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have…” Be content with what you have. That is be content where you are. However, does he mean we should be content because of the material goods we have right now? No. Finish the verse. “…be content with what you have, for he has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you.’” What do we have with which we should be content? We have God.

Psalm 73:25 says, “Whom have I in heaven but you? And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.” I don’t think this verse means it is a sin to claim we want anything other than God. But it does demonstrate what is most important to us. It also demonstrates our contentment. No matter what house, what car, what clothes, what appliances, what computer we have (or don’t have), we are content because the one thing that really matters to us is having God.

How then am I going to spend my day today? I’m going to spend it trying to get closer to God. What will it take for me to be near Him and have Him in my life? It doesn’t come from being good enough. We’ll never make that. It comes from striving to connect with Him. I need to talk to Him. I need to pray. I need to listen to Him. I need to spend time in His word. If I want to get closer to God, I can do so by getting closer to His family. I need to spend time with His other children, my brothers and sisters in Christ. If I want to get closer to Him and have Him in my life, then I need to strive to be like Him. I should just let Him direct me in my steps. His way will work. If I want to be closer to God, then I must increasingly rid of things that keep God at bay.

All of these things help us get close to God. They help us be in God and allow God in to us. Isn’t that what we want more than anything else? Let’s check our contentment this week and make sure it is completely anchored in having God.

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