We are not good at being content. The message all around us seems contrary to one of contentment, perhaps one that feeds a sense of disatisfaction instead.
You need this. You should have this. You will be a more complete person with such and such.
We may even find ourselves shouting out in praise ‘I love you Lord’ and I’d love you even more if You could just sort this one thing out for me.
Yet God calls us to contentment.
There are many verses on this but I noticed this one the other day…
Be content with obscurity, like Christ [Colossians 3:4]
That’s not one for the promise box. That hits hard. In a culture of ‘me first’ and ‘I deserve’ or ‘I feel,’ this type of contentment may shake us a little bit too much.
Paul does go on to tell us that to live like this involves killing off some stuff. Most of the list are things we may not really struggle with. However there are a couple that definitely hit harder.
Be content. Stop doing whatever you feel like whenever you feel and grabbing whatever attracts your fancy. That’s a life shaped by things and feelings instead of by God.
Ouch! A genuine contentment in God may be hard for us Western Christians. We have more than we need. We have got used to being able to have more than we need. Being content with obscurity then becomes much more difficult.
So it’s a prayer. Help me to only crave for Jesus, He is more than enough. Help me to be led by the Spirit and not by my flesh and what it may desire.
What do you think about this?