Are you content with your life? Or is your life filled with discontentment? Are you always thinking “When…” – “When I get such and such I will be happy.” When I get married…. When I get that new car… When I get that new house… When I get that dream job… When I have this much money… When I’m out of debt… then I’ll be happy”. The problem with that thinking is once you get there, you’ll always want something more. God want you to be content in life. Read this short post to discover the secret of “how to be content“…
How to Be Content
Many years ago there was a man by the name of Ali Hafed. He was very well off financially. He owned a large farm and was content with his life. Then one day, a visiting priest began telling him how finding one diamond the size of his thumb could make him and his children extremely rich and give them greater influence and power in their country.
In that one day, Ali went from being content to total discontentment. He became consumed with finding his own diamond mine. He wanted more, so much so that he sold his farm and left his family to go and find his fortune in diamonds. He traveled to far away places, but found no diamonds. Finally, with all of his money spent, his clothing in rags, and in poverty, He drowned himself in the ocean.
Meanwhile the man who bought Ali’s farm made an incredible discovery. One day while working the farm he noticed a black stone – it was a different looking stone that reflected light beautifully, so he saved it and placed it on the mantle in his home. Some time later that same priest who told Ali Hafed about the value of diamonds came to the house and noticed the stone. The priest told the man that it was a diamond and asked where he had got it? The man said he discovered on his land – the two then rushed outside and began searching and found several more diamonds. In fact, that farm was an untapped diamond mine and became the the start of one of the largest diamond mines and businesses in the world, yielding well-known gems including the “Hope” diamond.
This true story teaches us a powerful lesson – if Ali Hafed had been content to stay in the place God had planted him and worked his own ground he would have found Acres of Diamonds. What he was looking for and wanted was right in front of him every day. Instead he became discontent with what God had blessed him with.
Being discontent is a universal problem. It is one of the devices of Satan. 1Timothy 6:6 says, “godliness with contentment is great gain”. If godliness with contentment is great gain then godliness without contentment is a great loss. The enemy uses discontentment to steal your peace and joy. So, the question is, how to be content in life?
3 Biblical Keys to being Content in Life
The apostle Paul discovered the secret to true contentment in life and shares it in Philippians 4:12-13. Paul said,“I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I’ve learned the secret of contentment in every situation, whether it be a full stomach or hunger, plenty or want; for I can do everything God asks me to with the help of Christ who gives me the strength and power. “ (TLB) There are three fundamental truths revealed here about how to be content in life;
1) Contentment is something you must learn. It’s not something that comes naturally. Contentment is not something you’re born with. You have to learn it. It’s learning to trust the Lord. True contentment is having peace and joy right now regardless of the circumstances. Being content doesn’t mean you never want change or to have anything else in your life. Being content and being satisfied are not the same thing. We are to be content with where we are in life meaning that we accept our current situation as a product of our choices up to now. However, we must never be satisfied in the sense of becoming complacent or thinking we’ve “arrived”. We should always be working and allowing the Holy Spirit to work in us to become more like Christ and to achieve more for the kingdom. To learn to be content means we have to stop comparing. Comparing causes discontentment. We compare houses, cars, clothes, phones, etc. We live in covetous culture that breeds discontentment. Learning true contentment means not comparing ourselves to others and instead trust the Lord for what we have need of. Contentment is something you must learn.
2) Contentment has nothing to do with finances or circumstances. True contentment is not based on your circumstances or how much money you have. Paul clearly teaches true contentment can be found whether you are lacking or abounding. Money can’t buy true contentment and poverty can’t stop it. True contentment is not found in what’s happening or not happening in our lives. If we seek contentment based on the circumstances of life it becomes a roller coaster- we’re up one day and down the next which leads to discontentment. God says, “I want you to learn to be content.” Learn how to make your contentment dependent upon the Lord not on your circumstances in life.”
3) Contentment is only found in trusting Christ. That’s the true secret to true contentment – “I can do all things through Christ…” Purpose, hope, and strength flow from Him. What was the secret to Paul’s contentment regardless of his circumstances? He kept his focus on Christ and His ability not on his own. So regardless of the difficulties and trials, Paul had learned how to be content in Christ. True contentment is only found when you put your focus and trust in Jesus.
If the Devil keeps you discontented, he has won a victory. The Bible says, “Resist the Devil, and he will flee from you.” If you find yourself discontented, resist him that you may have the victory over him and remember these 3 Biblical keys of how to be content in life.
Don’t miss the blessings that are right in front of you. Don’t miss your Acres of Diamonds. Learn to be content keeping your trust in the Lord and staying rooted where God plants you– work your ground – stay faithful – value the family, the friends, the relationships and all that God has given you. Choose to be content.