My Only Treasure
Verse 12 I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want.
Yesterday we ended our time together by talking about the dangers of not managing our thinking and attitude no matter which situation we find ourselves in. Let’s dig a little deeper into that.
Paul had lived a life that had been a roller coaster of highs and lows, plenty and want and hunger and being full. We tend to like the highs and plenty in life more than we do the lows and want. Paul was human and so had likely enjoyed the highs and plenty best too, otherwise he wouldn’t have had to learn to be content.
As we mentioned yesterday, the truth is we will never be truly satisfied with the things of this world, no matter how much we attain. While we think it would be easy to be content if we had more the truth is that we would only want more. The more we have only reveals how much more there is to be had. When we get the item that seems like the thing that would fulfill our desires we will only see something that we need to go with it.
On the other side of things when we are in want it seems normal that we would be discontent but Paul said that isn’t necessary. In fact he implies that it is a sin to be discontent even in want. It is easy in our times of want to say, “It is okay that I only have so much” with an attitude that speaks of a heart that hates where they are at. It isn’t that we have to dance with glee at the fact that we are in want, that wouldn’t’ be a sign of contentment either but we must not hate the position either.
We, like Paul, will need to learn the truth of being content. It is knowing that Jesus will care for all our needs that should remind us that life isn’t about what we can gain in life. We shouldn’t be seeking treasures from among the things of this world but understand our true treasure is found in Christ alone. We will only be content when we see that He is all we really need. And He promised to always provide for all our needs.
Making It Personal
When was the last time you saw Jesus as all you needed? Is there something that fights for the place Jesus holds in your life? Where does the discontentment in your life say your loyalty is?
Making It Personal Kids
Does knowing Jesus make you fully happy or do you still want other stuff? Which do you think will make you the happiest? Why should Jesus be you biggest desire?
Father, thank You for the reminder that You are enough. In fact, You are everything we will ever need. In Jesus’ name, amen.