I rejoice greatly in the Lord that at last you have renewed your concern for me. Indeed, you have been concerned, but you had no opportunity to show it. I am not saying this because I am in need, for 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. 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. I can do everything through him who gives me strength. – Philippians 4:10-13
The Apostle Paul learned the secret of being content. Living in complete contentment results in measureless blessings on your life. Some people refer to this as growing old gracefully, and while contentment is a grace, it’s much more than that. It’s a necessity for those who follow Christ.
Would you be willing to let go of all your stuff and be completely reliant on Christ? If the answer is “yes”, then consider yourself contented in Christ. If the answer is “no”, however, you are more complacent than contented. There is a huge difference between the two. Anyone can exercise complacency, resigned to the knowledge that they are poor in a physical sense – and it often times results in poor self-image and depression. Being complacent is basically to give up and give in. If you are complacent in your life – you really just don’t care about anything or anyone.
Contentment means there is a deep underlying JOY in all circumstances. It’s when you have the knowledge and faith in your spirit that God is in control and will take care of all the bumps in the road. Contentment says that even though you may be poor, you are not adopting the attitude that all is lost.
Contentment… is not just being satisfied with where you are. It is knowing God’s plan for your life. – Lee Ellis
If you see God’s Hand working in your life, leading you through, it strengthens your faith. Complacency does not involve a real knowledge of anything and certainly does not engage faith. Complacency is a downer, but contentment lifts you higher! You begin to think about your circumstances in a better way. God’s way. Wanna grow old gracefully??? Try contentment instead of complacency. There’s the secret – contentment is a grace. 😉