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John Wesley's Covenant Prayer

A big part of maturing in Christ is learning contentment

A Covenant Prayer
“Let Me Have All Things, Let Me Have Nothing” – Part I

Scripture Reading: Philippians 4:10-20

Key Verse: Philippians 4:11
Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.

According to today’s Key Verse, one of the lessons the Apostle Paul learned was how to live content.

Living contently is a lesson that most of us must learn, especially those who live in America. When a person lives in relative wealth, as compared to the rest of the world, it can fuel discontentment.

One might think that having a lot of things would satisfy us, making us content. But the truth is it causes a desire for more stuff. The very wealthy John D. Rockefeller said that when asked “How much money is enough?”, he responded, “Just a little bit more”.

Have you ever said, “I have enough and don’t need anything more?”

Once we become a child of God, God begins the work of growing us into mature Christ-followers. A big part of maturing in Christ is learning the lesson of contentment. God wants us to grow into generous people, using our excess to help others.

But if we feel that we do not have enough, then we will not have any excess and will always hoard what we have. Learning contentment can come from various teachers. Here is one of the ways that the Apostle Paul wrote about:

I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. (Philippians 4:12 NLT)

Paul had times when he learned how to live on almost nothing. When being content is a struggle, God might use this method to teach us contentment… living on almost nothing.

If you or someone close to you have had the experience of living on almost nothing, contentment is probably something that you learned.

All of us can learn contentment, especially if we ask God to help us. Ask questions, such as “Can I be satisfied with what I have”, which is the basic definition of contentment. Contentment is not a state of excited happiness, it is peace with where we are at in this life.

God does not expect us to be “happy” about living on almost nothing, but He does expect us to trust His judgements and rest in where He has placed us. Most of us “think” we are trustworthy when it comes to wealth, but God knows who can be trusted (Deuteronomy 8:18).

God would never allow one of His children to have riches and then lose their souls.

Father, help me to learn how to live contented with where I am in life and the wealth that You have provided me. In Jesus’s Name I pray, amen.