Our society is focused on money and the things that money can by. ‘Give me more!’ is its cry. We hear it from our children when they visit a store. “Mom, I want one of those.” “Can we buy that?” We see it when a young couple, starting out in life, decides to buy everything on credit rather than wait until they can afford it. We are happy with our car. It gets us to work. It runs fine. It’s paid for. Then we go for a ride in a friend’s car. It has a built in navigation center, satellite TVs, heated leather seats. It helps you park, tells you when you are too close to the car next to you, and gets great mileage. Suddenly, you’re not so happy with your old beater at home.
What we are talking about, “to lack a better word. is greed, good old fashioned greed.” Greed, one of the deadly sins, is a danger for us all. None of us are exempt. It leads us to be unhappy, dissatisfied with what we have. We want more.
The opposite of greed is contentment. Contentment means being satisfied with what we have. It has nothing to do with hard work or trying to get a better job, or planning for the future. It’s about being content, happy if you will, with where we are, with what we have.
The contentment comes, in a god-pleasing way, through Christ. When we know Jesus as our Savior, when we know that our sins have been washed away by his blood, we have nothing to worry about. When we know that the Lord is with us, watching over us, giving us all that we need, we can be content. We may not be rich or famous. We may not have the fastest computer, nicest car, or biggest home. Yet, if we are content with what the Lord has given us, we will be happy.
When Jesus lives in our heart, our heart will not be so focused on what we have here and now but what we will have for all eternity. We will know that the riches and blessings of this life are nothing compared to what is waiting for us in heaven. How can we not be content with that? Such contentment can only come from one place – from God.