In our journey to gain a content heart it is absolutely necessary that we recognize what matters most in life. It is not the getting of earthly pleasures but it is the receiving of the forgiveness of God and eternity with Him. These things on earth that are temporary and vain, should matter very little, if at all. We must have our eyes focused on the real goal, the real prize, the true fulfillment which is glorifying Jesus Christ with our lives.
Think of our desperate state before knowing forgiveness, love, redemption, and salvation. We searched for something to fill us but there was nothing to satisfy that deep longing in our souls. Nothing could fill a space designed for God alone.
Why is it, once we have been saved by grace, that we continue in our earthly ways searching for things to make us happy? We have found the greatest treasure nothing else should matter anymore. This earth may hold some pleasures but they are temporary and fleeting. We should look to eternity, when we shall worship God in our perfect glorified bodies, for our true joy and contentment. May we find our fulfillment in Christ alone!
“Before, the soul sought after this and that, but now it says, I see that it is not necessary for me to be rich, but it is necessary for me to make my peace with God; it is not necessary that I should live a pleasurable life in this world, but it is absolutely necessary that I should have pardon of my sin; it is not necessary that I should have honour and preferment, but it is necessary that I should have God as my portion, and have my part in Jesus Christ, it is necessary that my soul should be saved in the day of Jesus Christ.”
~The Rare Jewel Of Christian Contentment (by Jeremiah Burroughs)
“Whom have I in heaven but thee? And there is none upon earth that I desire beside thee. My flesh and my heart faileth: but God is the strength of my heart, and my portion for ever.” ~Psalm 73:25,26
“Thou art my portion, O Lord: I have said that I would keep thy words. I entreated thy favor with my whole heart: be merciful unto me according to thy word. I thought on my ways, and turned my feet unto thy testimonies. I made haste, and delayed not to keep thy commandments.” ~Psalm 119:57-60
May we all find our true contentment in being servants of The Most High King.