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I was born and raised in
I heard a joke that I enjoy telling on occasion… “Did you know that it is rude to ask people where they are from? Why? Because if they are from
Well, I said that for absolutely no reason because that is not the STATE I am talking about.
The state that I am referring to is more beautiful than any geographic location; more peaceful than any seashore; more joyful than any babbling brook. In this state you will find solace than cannot be found in any mountain getaway.
It is a place simply called Contentment.
The road to Contentment is fraught with obstacles such as ambition, jealousy, and competitiveness.
Many times our flesh will invade this peaceful place and steal us away from contentment. We awaken in the state of Frustration, Anger and Disillusionment. Then, before we know what hit us the moving truck as whisked us away to a terrible place called Bitterness, from where few ever return.
The answer to this question is simply stated but not easily accomplished.
1. Seek First the Kingdom
Kingdom mindedness is key to any heavenly “success.” We must realize that we are building THE Kingdom not A kingdom. We must lay aside our own ambitions, dreams and goals for a higher cause. The Kingdom’s cause!
When we spend our time and effort pursuing our own ambition we will continually be frustrated and discontent.
However, when we pursue God and His will, it will lead us to a place of fulfillment.
“But seek ye first the
2. Be Faithful to the Task at Hand
Put your hand to the plow that is right in front of you! Stop looking for the “next best thing” to come along. The principle that everyone can quote but few realize the power of it, is…
“thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things:” (Matt 25:21).
If we can stay focused upon the task at hand we will accomplish more and God will reward our faithfulness in due season.
3. Refuse to Compare Your Calling, Your Gifts and Your Position with others
The Bible says that if we compare ourselves with one another we are not wise. Many ministers have fallen in the trap of bitterness by constantly comparing their vineyard to their neighbors’. God called you to where you are for a purpose. Work it, love it, and prosper in it until He opens another door.
“...they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise (2 Cor 10:12).”
We must constantly guard the door of contentment because our flesh is given to discontent. If we are not diligent we will find ourselves outside of its walls wishing we could enter in again.
What state do you live in?
As for me, I desire to live in the state of Contentment!
11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
1 Tim 6:6-8
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.
7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.