Contentment frees us for Jesus, yet our culture drives us from it.
Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the kingdom of God.Luke 6:20
The poor, aware of need have opportunity to depend on the Lord, whereas those focused on their desires turn to them – money, relationships, gifting, … for support. They are captive to what they have.
Blessed are you who hunger now, for you will be satisfied.Luke 6:21
Tragically, we have been trained by our consumer culture to always strive for more. The Bible says,
godliness with contentment is great gain.1 Timothy 6:6
Contentment bring freedom. when we are content, we can let go of the desires that drive us and are free to follow Jesus into love and faith.
For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.1 Timothy 6:7-8
Food and clothing is a pretty low bar for contentment, the focus of it is the great equation: We come with nothing and we leave everything.
People argue that riches now make life more comfortable, but that accumulation comes at an eternal price.
Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.1 Timothy 6:9
Where are your desires leading you?
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