Learning to Be Content

Not that I am speaking of being in need, for I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content.
I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance,
I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need.
I can do all things through him who strengthens me
(Phi 4:11-13 ESV)

Being content does not come naturally to us it must be learned.  The unfortunate part of learning to be content is that the lessons often come in the low times and the times of need.  The apostle Paul tells us he learned to be content.  I saw this in the lives of the believers I interacted with in Moldova.  They have learned to be content. Now not all have learned this lesson.  As the country of Moldova has grown and recovered from the thumb of communism it has welcomed consumerism, which is changing the next generation.  I asked Mihi, the Academic Dean of University Divitia Gratiae, if he sees anyone rising up who could one day continue his vision and work of training national leaders.  He said, “There are some, but the next generation loves the things of this world too much.”  Mihi’s concern is that consumerism is interfering with the advancement the gospel.  It all boils down to being content.  When our hearts are gripped with wanting more of the newest and latest trends we have less time to focus on the reality of the world’s need for the gospel. We are blessed in our country with many opportunities.   We have the opportunity to work and make money and we have the opportunity, unlike many in the world, to borrow money.  The challenge for us is to learn to be content in our abundance by relying on the God who gives us strength to do all things.

– Pastor Corey Mitchell

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