Sunday, 27 November 2016

Let's Talk About Contentment - Rev Remi Badru

It was just a few weeks after I got my Samsung Edge phone that Samsung  Note came out and was advertised! I could not believe myself that I instantly got tired of my Samsung Edge! I was already thinking about changing the phone to a Note.  Thank God that I did not obey that desire, because it was not long that I started hearing the news of the S7 Note blowing up and was recalled!

Two days ago, as I was having my morning meditation, the Holy Spirit spoke to me  and reminded me of that incident,  calling my attention to greed! I could not hide my anger as the Holy Spirit opened my eyes to the fact that contentment is a virtue that many of us Christians today lack.

Hence, the truth remains that it is impossible to be godly without being contented! Every one of us have the desire to keep aquiring these material things but it is the ability to control that desire, with the act and heart of appreciation to God for that which we have is contentment. Because, it is not what we have that defines who we are!

In 1 Corinthians 6:6-11, Paul said  " But godliness with contentment is great gain.  For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.
 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many grief"....

However, it is unfortunate that many of us are in Jesus for what to get out of Him. We are more concerned about what is in the hands of Jesus and not what occupies his heart. Our churches are nudging the greed in many of us and all because we want to impress others, we put ourselves in all manner of troubles.

A very important question to ask is, does being rich shows that God has blessed you? Are there not people who are rich but the riches did not come from God? If being rich in terms of possessions is the yardstick to measure the blessings of God then something is wrong with us. Does God wants us to live in poverty? No! He is our father and Shepherd who is committed to meeting our needs but Jesus did not die to make us rich, although I have heard that verse exegeted wrongly.

Many of us are like that man who misunderstood the mission of Jesus and came to Jesus asking that Jesus will advocate on his behalf to get his inheritance  from his brothers (Luke 12:13).  That man saw Jesus as a means to getting his inheritance and Jesus sharply rebuked him and warned him about greed!

What a man has does not reveal who he is! What a man drives is not as what drives him! Where you live is not as important as who lives in you! We live in a status freaked society! We measure a man's success by what he wears, what he drives, where he stays, what he eats and even the kind of phones that he uses. Jesus told the man that the life of a man does not consist in the abundance of the things he possess! Therefore stop measuring your life by what you have or lack!

Contentment is key to living a godly life! Contentment is displayed in gratitude and thanksgiving! A contented person does not spend his life worrying about what he does not have, he does not envy those that have more than him. A contented person does not compare himself with others, he or she focusses more on his needs and not just his wants!

Are you contented?


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