What is Contentment? Is it just staying in your present financial condition like the lyrics of the song “”Que Sera Sera, whatever will be, will be, the future is not for us to see, Que sera sera…?
Definition of Contentment
Contentment is an attitude toward life that recognizes our position in God’s plan for me. But where does God want me to be financially at this moment? Does He want me to be where I am now or He want me to start a business and generate wealth so that I can be a blessing to others.
The secret of contentment
We may be wealthy, giving generously to God’s work and knowing that we are in God’s will. On the other hand, we could be in poverty and sense God’s call and blessing on our condition. However, we cannot conclude that it is God’s will and feel contented if our poverty was due to the result of our mismanagement.
The secret of contentment is neither poverty nor striving to be rich. The secret is in understanding and accepting God’s economic will for our lives. It is the attitude of resting comfortably in the fact that everything belong to Him. He is the owner and we are the managers of the things that He have placed in our hands.
Thoughts about contentment
A group of Christians believe that we should live a life of poverty because material and wealth are bad for us. We should be poor and be like a doormat that anyone can walk over us.
Nowhere in the Bible is it taught that money is the root of all evil. The Apostle Paul taught that “the love of money”is the root of all evil (1 Timothy 6:10).Material goods are tools that God gave to us to accomplish His purpose in our lives. If poverty were a symbol of our spirituality, then 80 percent of the world would be spiritual !!
With poverty, it also brings its dangers. Many people have stolen, lied and gambled away their hard-earned savings by giving the excuse that they were poor. It brings much temptation and violence as well. The problem is not in the money but the heart.
Another group of Christians treat God as if He were a genie in Aladdin’s lamp. They treated God like a ATM cash machine. If they want something, they just ask and claim in from Him. He must give it to us….
The Bible warns us “Do not love the world or anything of the world, If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in Him (1 John 2:15). It is important to discern the difference between simply having wealth and loving wealth. God never condemn wealth itself (He owns all) but He condemns putting wealth and possessions ahead of Him.
Contentment – definition from the Bible
Contentment was mentioned seven times in the Bible and six times it refers to money. The doctrine of contentment indicates that we must learn to be joyful in whatever economic position God has placed us in. Be it in wealth or poverty. It is not being complacent or resigning to ourselves. It is accepting what God has given to us with gratitude.
We should never equates contentment with laziness and hope things will improve. We should always strive to improve ourselves as God has given us potential that always exceed our present level of accomplishment. He wants us to work diligently and be good managers of what He has entrusted to us.