Contentment #2: The Mystery of Contentment
by Dennis Michelson
I Timothy 6:6: "But godliness with contentment is great gain."
Introduction: This is the second in a series of messages on contentment. Christian contentment is always a mystery and often full of paradoxes. Consider these.
1. A Christian is the most contented person and the most unsatisfied person at the same time (Psalm 73:25)
2. A Christian comes to contentment by way of subtraction, not addition (Proverbs 17:1)
The world must have its possessions raised to its desires while the believer brings his desires down to his possessions.
3. A Christian comes to contentment by adding a burden to himself, not by ridding himself of the original burden (Psalm 119:67)
4. A Christian comes to contentment when he finds riches in his poverty (I Timothy 6:6)
5. A Christian comes to contentment not by changing his circumstances but performing the work of his circumstances (Acts 13:36)
6. A Christian comes to contentment when there is no gap between the desires of his heart and the demands of God's will (Psalm 47:4)
7. A Christian comes to contentment not by bringing something from the outside but purging something on the inside (James 4:1)
Great is the mystery of godliness . . .
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