Contentment Should Be Rooted in Christ
“But sexual immorality and any impurity or greed should not even be heard of among you, as is proper for saints. Obscene and foolish talking or crude joking are not suitable, but rather giving thanks.” Ephesians 5:3-4
Temptation gains a passage into our hearts when we are discontent. The adulteress wants someone who doesn’t make so many messes. The porn addict wants to feel good. The anxious woman is worried about losing something precious. The greedy miser is afraid of giving money to those in need. Many sins can be summed up by desires. These desires may not necessarily be bad, but when we want something enough to sin, then we have built an idol.
This is where thanksgiving comes in. Thanksgiving guards our desires from becoming sinful. If the man who steals was satisfied with what God had already given him, he would not seek to take more.
We miss the mark on this, however, when we seek to be content through positive thinking and in what we have. Contentment should never be rooted in things that fail, fade, or falter. Biblical thankfulness is taking your sight off yourself and your possessions and focusing on Christ—desiring to bring him glory and being fully satisfied in him.
Paul tells us in Philippians 4:11-13 that the secret to contentment is finding our strength in Christ. Not in having our desires fulfilled or submitting to sin, but clinging to Christ—by declaring, “If all I have is Christ, that is more than enough for me.” Rather than taking hope in the things of this world, that they will provide peace, might, or freedom, we seek Christ in who are only hope for life is found.
Dear God, forgive me for my sinful desires that I often put above you. Forgive my sinful heart that seeks to take refuge and find hope in anything other than you. Please convince my heart that true contentment is found only in you. Teach me to find my all in all in you alone.
Whenever I am feeling overwhelmed by discontentment, the song, “All I Have is Christ,” by Sovereign Grace Music helps reorient my heart and often brings me to tearful prayer. If you are battling discontentment today, I encourage you prayerfully sing this song today.