We live in a world of stuff. By “stuff” I mean “things…. As proof of that, years ago there was a bumper sticker that read, “He who dies with the most toys wins.” Our toys represent our stuff.
But, does “stuff” bring happiness? I mean, if you purchase a new phone, does that automatically make you happy? If you purchase a new automobile, are you automatically happy?
The answer to both of those questions is “No.” Actually, the way to true happiness as a Christian is through contentment.
Paul wrote, “Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.”
“True godliness with contentment…”.
Think about that; Contentment means being satisfied and thankful for what we have. Paul goes on to say, “If you have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” Paul is saying, that if we have the essentials of life, we should be content. The essentials is good on our table. The essentials is a roof over our heads. Essentials is a reliable automobile that provides transportation.
What about you? Do you struggle with the desire for stuff or things? Many of us do. I love technology. Others love hunting equipment or maybe traveling.
Jesus said in the sermon-on-the-mount that we should take no though for tomorrow because of the Heavenly Father Care’s for the birds of the air and the lillies of the field, He will care for us as well.
Let’s strive for contentment. Ask the Lord to help you crucify the desire for stuff and strive for godliness with contentment.