Paul said, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through [Christ] who gives me strength.” Philippians 4:12-13 (NIV)
The art of being content is a very difficult lesson to learn. Very few people are really content for longer than a few hours at a time. By that I mean you will say you are content and have all you need then a few minutes later you discover an “I need” item. Is it a ‘need’ or a ‘want’? A need is something that is vital to your health, welfare and well being and a want is just something that could make life a little easier. As I look around this morning I am very content with my material life and really there is nothing I desire that I don’t already have in my possession.
But then I look at my spiritual life and I am far from content. I long for a closer walk with Jesus not just today but everyday. It is up to us on how we spend the 24 hours God blesses us with each day. Today, I need and want just a few more minutes with Jesus before I begin my day. There is always something I can give up in order to have this time but it is up to me on whether or not I choose to make my time with Jesus ‘a need’ or ‘a want’. Today I am choosing to linger just a little longer on the back porch with my Lord.
Are you content today in where you are in your life and more importantly are you content in your spiritual walk with the Lord Jesus Christ?
Heavenly Father, I don’t want to be satisfied with today I want your grace to be overflowing in everything that I say and do and I want to do it to your glory. Show me Lord when, where and with whom to share your grace with. Amen