The mark of the world is lack of contentment. The world tells you: You never have enough money; there are so many neat things you do not have yet, but really want; the church you go to is lacking something; if only your friends cared more; and the list goes on. There is always something robbing you of contentment. Lack of contentment is like a sinkhole in your life. Your lack of contentment will absorb the joy and peace in your life as well as your God. Proverbs 14:30 shows how a heart at peace results in life, while constantly desiring other things will sap life from you, “A heart at peace gives life to the body, but envy rots the bones.” (NIV) Satisfying peace can only come from Jesus. Until you allow Jesus to dwell in the innermost depth of your heart, you will continue to envy others and want things apart from Jesus satisfying your needs. John 14:27 stresses how Jesus’ peace satisfies more than what the world offers, “Peace I leave with you; My peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” (NIV)
How do you move from allowing your life to be confiscated by the world to being satisfied by Jesus? You do it by pursuing Jesus in a way that allows His life to absorb yours. In Galatians 2:20 Paul says the secret is to allow Christ to live through you, “I have been crucified with Christ and I no longer live, but Christ lives in me. The life I live in the body, I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave himself for me.” (NIV) Commit now to let lapses in contentment to be directional signs pointing you back to Jesus! Allow Jesus to ignite the flame of peace in your heart, so that you find your satisfaction in Him instead of pursuing the things of the world. That is why Paul said Godliness and contentment bring great gain. In Godliness you move beyond seeking your gain in the world; you now find your contentment and peace in the things that God brings. Set your heart and mind on Jesus! He can bring you the peace and satisfaction He promised.
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