The Apostle Paul wrote, “Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver” (2 Corinthians 9:7). This verse does not have to be taken literally to mean that we must smile when we give. However, it does say that we are to give our gifts from hearts filled with joy and gratitude for all the blessings from God. Gifts from the heart are given joyfully rather than as an obligation. We give cheerfully and willingly because, through faith, we acknowledge that all we have God has given to us, and we want to return to Him a portion of those gifts.
Many people spend years seeking contentment not realizing that contentment is a state of mind independent of external circumstances. True contentment comes from knowing that God is in control and that He will provide for you.
As a child of God, you are no doubt aware that our society is trying hard to make you discontented. Advertisements suggest you can't be content without an expensive house, a new car, an exotic vacation, big investments, and the latest in clothes. Society tries to make you believe that happiness and contentment are within your reach if you just acquire a few more things.
not consist of the size of income or net worth.
It has nothing to do with the size of your house or year of your
car. Contentment can't be bought at a
department store or travel agency. Real
contentment is not related to circumstances or things.
For some, acquiring money can become a preoccupation and an obsession. It’s possible to become a slave to wealth. Greed will not allow contentment, because it will always urge you to acquire more. No matter how you try, you cannot be satisfied by worldly things. The love of money can potentially possess a person's life like no other emotion can. Jesus spoke to the issue of greed in Matthew 16:26 when He asked, “What good will it be for a man if he gains the whole world, yet forfeits his soul?” The things you possess will only contribute to fleeting happiness, not an enduring peace and contentment. “But man, despite his riches, does not endure; he is like the beasts that perish” (Psalm 49:12).
With money as
your security, pride, self-centeredness, and self-sufficiency take over and
replace your trust in God to provide.
You can be like the Rich Fool, who gave himself credit for his success
and desired even more. You can push God
out of your life.
When God is your security, you can be content. The Apostle Paul knew both the secret of contentment and how to receive it. “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty” (Philippians 4:11-12). Without Christ, you will never achieve contentment, but a relationship with Christ will redirect your focus from transient earthly pleasures to things of eternal significance. Keeping your eyes on “the prize” (Philippians 3:14) will bring about gratitude in your heart for what you have rather than desiring what you don't have. May the words of the psalmist be an expression of your heart: “Whom have I in heaven but You? And earth has nothing I desire besides You. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever” (Psalm 73:25-26).