'...I have learned to be content...' Philippians 4:11 NAS
A rich man decided to have all he owned converted into gold bars and gripped the sack of treasure tightly as he breathed his last breath. An angel informed him that he couldn't bring his sack with him but, after much begging from the man, the angel received permission from God to let him take in one piece of carry-on luggage. At the pearly gates, St. Peter opened the sack to inspect the worldly items that the man found too precious to leave behind and exclaimed, 'You brought pavement?' What a waste of effort as '... the great street of the city [in Heaven] was of gold' (Revelation 21:21 NIV).
The average person is bombarded with about 300 advertisements a day. It's a mega-billion-dollar industry designed to make us want what they're selling. But there's a subtle message being conveyed. In a word, it's dissatisfaction, and it eats away at us by creating a desire for bigger, better, more. The Bible says, 'We...brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out...be content' (1 Timothy 6:7-8 NAS).
So does satisfaction mean not setting goals or aiming higher? Does it mean not enjoying nice things? No, it just means not letting all those nice things 'own' you. Paul said, '...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' (Philippians 4:12 NIV).
So what now? Paul mastered the art of contentment by learning to say, 'That's not essential. I can live without it.' How content are you?
Soulfood: Ex 30-32, John 3:22-36, Ps 32, Prov 27:1-3