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From the Preacher’s Pen: The Problem with Contentment


“Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 3:13-14, ESV).

The Bible calls us to be content in our lives. Jesus said, “Therefore, do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’” (Matthew 6:31). The apostle Paul exemplified this attitude, even while imprisoned, in his epistle to the Philippians, “…I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, bot to abound and to suffer need” (4:11-12).

However, as our initial text notes, there is one area where contentment can be detrimental to the Christian, and that is self-satisfaction in the area of his Christian walk. While it would be unfortunate for us to doubt the Lord’s promises of blessings to his followers, we should never be satisfied with where we are in our journey to heaven. It is necessary that we continue to press forward, lest we falter.

The Hebrew writer warned about neglect, and exhorted his readers to “give the more earnest heed to the things we have heard, lest we drift away” (2:1). He noted that some of them had “become dull of hearing” (5:11). For the Christian, diligence is the watchword. Contentment and self-satisfaction are the enemies of faithfulness!

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