Summary: This sermon deals with how Paul learned to be content
Learning To Be Content
Phil 4:4-19, Heb 13:5-6
This morning my subject is on "Learning To Be Content".
Let me begin this morning by sharing a little rhyme with you.......
As a rule, man’s a fool
When it’s hot, he wants it cool.
And when it’s cool, he wants it hot,
Always wanting what is not.
Now I want to tell you that this is one of the most difficult sermons that I’ve had to prepare. For two reasons.......#1 Because being content is a problem for me. # 2 I didn’t seem to be content with this sermon no matter how much or well I prepared.
That leads me to my first point regarding "Learning To Be Content"
I. The Longing For Contentment !
Are you aware that the search for contentment consumes our life ? It really does ! We are always looking for something or someone that will bring us peace of mind, and satisfaction !
Everyday we’re working, looking, shopping for contentment !
Here’s the problem for most people.......we’re looking for contentment in the wrong places, wrong people, and wrong things !
The rich man’s harvest was so great that his barns were overflowing........his solution.........I’ll build greater barns.......I will say to my soul, thous hast much goods laid up for many years; take thine ease, eat, drink, and be merry.
*Remember........the lessons of Solomon from Ecc.
1. Contentment does not come from a position !
Now I admit that some jobs are better than others.......having better benefits.......pay better..........yet, if you are looking for contentment in your position......in your occupation.........at your job ! You want find it !
No matter what job you have you’re going to almost always find someone who appears to have a better job than yours !
Your position want bring you contentment, however, once you learn the secret to contentment, then you will have peace of mind regarding your job or position !
2. Contentment does not come from a paycheck!
Now I like payday as much as anyone else, and we have to work because we have debts, and responsibilities ! Yet......are we ever totally content with the amount of money that we’re making ?
Let me give you an example:
Ten years ago, the U.S. News & World Report did a story on the American Dream. Here’s what the study found !
People whose income was 25 K said they thought they could be happy if their income was 54 K.
Now those in the 50 K range said they would be satisfied if there income was 100 K.
And guess what...........people in the 100 K level said if they only made 200 K........then they would be satisfied !
John Rockefeller was once asked........how much was enough ? His reply........just a little bit more !
Somone later asked the accountant of Rockefeller following his death.......how much did the old man leave ? All of it was the reply !
Illust. Abraham Lincoln was walking down the street one day with his two young sons, both of whom were crying. What’s the matter with your boys ? asked a passerby. The same thing that’s wrong with the rest of the world, Lincoln replied. I have three walnuts, and they each want two.