1st Peter 1:24 says, “For, all people are like grass, and all their glory is like the flowers of the field; the grass withers and the flowers fall but the word of the Lord endures forever”
So if true contentment is to be achieved, it must be in living and aspiring for something beyond this world and ourselves which is the reverse of human psychology.
The fallen human nature is all about me, myself and I.
The scripture above ends with “…but the word of the Lord endures forever”. So which word of the Lord? 1st Timothy 6:6 says, “but godliness with contentment is great gain”. Here, the Bible recognizes contentment as a possibility but must be derived and driven from/by godliness.
Why? Verse 7 says, “for we brought nothing into the world and we can take nothing out of it”. God is trying to make us understand that the things we met on earth will be left on earth as we go (die). That is why they cannot give us happiness and satisfaction. Only the things we can take along as we depart into the spirit realm are the things that gives real happiness and satisfaction/fulfillment….godly things…. The Lord Jesus himself said in Luke 12:15 “Then He said to them, watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possession”.
The list of wealthy, popular and influential people who have committed suicide are evident of this truth. Depression and loneliness in the midst of wealth and fame are real.
So what does godliness mean? Simply, having God-like qualities… Paul gives a lay-man’s example of these qualities in Philippians 4:8 “Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things.”
Be honest with yourself, do you spent your time thinking of/on and doing these things above concerning your day-to-day living?
However, the fallen human nature make it impossible for many of us to spend our days in such manner. The Holy Spirit recognized this truth and quickly made Paul to add Verse 9 “Those things, which ye have both learned, and received, and heard, and seen in me, do:”
So who is Paul and what did he teach and do?
This cannot be answered in full in this article but in summary, Paul was a devoted disciple of our Lord Jesus Christ. He lived his life for the Lord and spent his entire life teaching about living for the Lord Jesus in holiness and righteousness. He wrote, by the direction of the Holy Spirit, most of the books of the New Testament. This summary tell’s us that Philippians 4:8 were what Paul did and Paul did them by the help of the Holy Spirit of the Lord Jesus because he had given his life to Jesus.
Does it mean you should be poor? No! Psalms 25:12-13 says, “Who, then, are those who fear the Lord? He will instruct them in the ways they should choose. They will spend their days in prosperity, and their descendants will inherit the land”
King of Glory, Rock of Ages…The great I AM. We pray that You unveil the deceitfulness of riches, fame and power and reveal to us that contentment comes from knowing Jesus and serving You in spirit and in truth. As this age comes closer to it’s end, steer our heart towards Jesus; the true fulfillment of life in Jesus name… Amen