It’s a priceless quality. You know the old adage, “money can’t buy happiness.” Well, it’s true. Therefore, contentment is worth far more than gold, silver or any other means by which we can purchase merchandise.
How does one then, cultivate contentment in her life? Does she just simply choose to be content?
Fruit production in the Christian walk is not a magic trick. One cannot simply choose to be content, and POOF- the product of contentment appears.
Contentment is a by-product, or a fruit that is produced by another source.
“I am the vine, ye are the branches: He that abides in me, and I in him, the same brings forth much fruit: for without me you can do nothing.” -John 15:5
Here is where choice comes into the equation. We either choose to abide, or we choose not to abide. We cannot, however, simply pick and choose the fruit we wish to manifest in the time of convenience.
It’s kind of like attempting to use a blow dryer. You need the air flow, but your turning the switch to “on” will do nothing unless it’s plugged into the source of power. Neither talking sweet to the blow dryer, nor flipping out at the power source will produce the results you desire. It must be plugged into the source.
In a sense, it’s either all or nothing. When we are plugged into the source, or, when we abide in Christ, the qualities it produces are numerous. When we don’t plug into the source though, “we can do nothing.”
There are many product lists in the bible in connection to walking in the spirit, abiding in Christ. The most popular being Gal 5:22.
The bible is clear that these qualities are manifestations of the Spirit, not products of self will.
So, one cannot choose not to abide in Christ, but then within her difficult circumstance force the fruit of contentment to emerge. Nah uh. Not going to happen. It is impossible.
True contentment comes from one source only: CHRIST.
I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content. I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.
Paul’s statement above indicates that contentment was a learning process. Nonetheless, he has learned it’s source. He has learned that it all comes down to Christ.
Likewise, We can do all things through Christ, which strengthens us.
When we seek fulfillment via personal pleasure, our own plans and pursuits apart from God, true satisfaction cannot be achieved.
Life’s circumstances are out of our control. Things will not always line up according to our plan, and we will face the unexpected.
What happens then, when your health, finances or a relationship “fails”, inhibiting your achievement of anticipated plans and goals?
When these things happen, our response functions as our spiritual gauge. Are you able to be content in these, unexpected and quite often difficult, circumstances? Is your response to God’s providence in your life characterized by anger, resentment or bitterness? Do you find yourself, “charging God foolishly”?
is it characterized by an unexplainable peace, and joy in your saviour?
Can you rejoice in the Lord in spite of your circumstances?
When you can, it is Him producing the fruit of contentment inside of you.
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