Paul Said, ďI have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.Ē (Phil 4:11). Contentment means to have a feeling of well being, that we have enough, that we can make do with what we have, a feeling of sufficiency. There should be no contentment in religious error, or in a state of lethargy where we are not doing what we should be doing in life. However, if we are following the Bible, living a righteous life, and serving the Lord to the best of our ability we should have a measure of contentment. Let us notice today some things in which it is vital to be content. 1. Be content with what you are in life. Everyone cannot be president. We all cannot do the same jobs. We all cannot be preachers or even public teachers. Ladies especially are not to teach in religious matters in a public way that they will be usurping authority over the man (I Tim. 1:11, 12). We all cannot have riches. We are told, ďBut godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us therewith be content.Ē (I Tim. 6:8). 2. Be content with the marriage you have and the family relationship, which is yours. If you have a decent, faithful mate then donít think the grass is greener on the other side of the fence because it isnít. There are disagreements in all marriages. There are faults in every husband and every wife. If your mate is not cheating on you then every other thing can be worked out. We should be open to improvement in all our lives. There are many thing husbands and or wives can improve upon but if at all possible be sure to keep those marriages together. It is Godís plan for marriage to last a lifetime and that a home with two parents be had for the children. (See Heb. 13:4; Mat. 19:3-9; I Cor. 7; Eph. 5:21-30). 3. Be Content with the Bible as an all sufficient guide in Religion. (2 Tim. 3:16, 17). The emotional feelings that some follow in religion are unsafe, unreliable, and contradictory. They are based upon what some man has said and not on what the Lord has said, but man cannot direct his footsteps (Jeer. 10:23). Let us all determine to delve into that book and rightly divide it so we will come up with Godís plan for us (2 Tim. 2:15). Let us speak as the oracles of God (I Pet. 4:11). Keep in mind that to add to or take away from the word is to face future punishment (Rev. 22:18,19). God speaks to us through Christ and Christ speaks to us through the New Testament (Heb. 1:1-3; 2:1-4; John 1:17). Hear, accept, and obey the teachings of Jesus to be saved. 4. Be content with the church as revealed in the New Testament. Many want to add what pleases them to the church so it will be their church instead of Christís church. Timothy was told, ďHold fast the form of sound words, which thou hast heard of me, in faith and love which is in Christ Jesus.Ē (I Tim. 1:13). It is the obligation of every Christian to do the same. Christ is the only head of the church (Eph.1:22, 23). Every congregation is autonomous and when fully organized a plurality of men serve as elders to over see the work and as deacons to assist in carrying out the work. There are also evangelists to preach, teachers to teach, and members to do various works in the local church. Be content with Bible names which glorify God and Christ (Rom. 16:16; I Cor. 1:1,2; I Tim. 3:14, 15). Be content with singing, praying, taking the Lordís Supper on the first day of the week, preaching the word, and giving on the first day of the week. These are the items of worship as the Lord laid them out in the New Testament. Any other things in worship are innovations of men who are not content with how the Lord wants it done. 5. Be content with Godís plan of salvation. Jesus gave the particularS in the Great Commission as recorded in Mat. 28:18-20; Mk. 16:15, 16; Lk. 24:45-49). These things are carried out by apostles inspired of the Holy Spirit as found in numerous cases of conversion as found in the book of Acts. They preached Jesus Christ and him crucified for the sins of the world. They taught people to believe on Him, repent of sins, confess faith in Christ and be baptized for the remission of sins (Acts 2:36-41; Acts 8:5-12; Acts 8:35-39; Acts 10:34-48; Acts 16:13-15; Acts 16:30-34; Acts 18:1-12). During his personal ministry Jesus Christ taught every one of these things as well (John 8:24; Lk. 13:3-5; Mat. 10:32,33; Mk. 16:16). Be content with this plan and obey it. Let us learn contentment in vital things!
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