"But godliness with contentment is great gain."
1 Timothy 6:6
Can we really be content in ANY circumstance? Can we be content when we're taken advantage of? Can we be content when we're fat? Can we be content when we're living a boring, suburban life? Can we be content (you fill in the blank)?
Paul said he had learned contentment in any circumstance, "I can do all things through Christ His gives me strength."
That's the secret!
The secret isn't changing your circumstances. The secret is relying on Christ's strength for contentment.
As we do that, it matures us. It takes us way beyond where we are spiritually. It grows us from babes into spiritual giants. It forces us to leave the mundane and go to another spiritual plane.
I think of the man that wrote our key verse. Paul said he had been stoned, shipwrecked, poisoned, and hated to name a few, yet He was content.
Contentment; an inner peace, an inner satisfaction given by the strength of Christ.
And maybe, just maybe, that contentment comes from knowing that our home is in heaven. That we weren't created for this earth. We are just passing through, as a feather floating on a breeze.
Although we can't see the breeze, and it seems that we are floating endlessly and without direction, the Holy Spirit is that breeze. You can remain content.
"The wind blows wherever it pleases. You hear its sound, but you cannot tell where it comes from or where it is going. So it is with everyone born of the Spirit." John 3:8
"I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me." Philippians 4:12-13