The Tenth Commandment (2) Contentment

Read: Philippians 4:10-20
Text: Verses 10-13

Knowing Jesus and living to please him is so wonderful – so satisfying – so delightful – that it is possible to be content in every circumstance. That is something to think about! That is something to aspire to. Life can be good and for most of us it is good. But it can be so much better. We can know deeper joys and more profound delights and greater satisfactions by doing whatever it takes to grow in our love for Christ. One thing that this requires is time. Much of this happens inside our head – in our minds – in our thoughts. That involves the Word, but it also involves thinking. It requires thoughts of Christ and his glory – who he is, what he has done, what he is doing, what he will do. It requires thoughts of Christ to be welcome in our minds.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra

Problems with Wealth

It is very difficult for us to resist the temptation to put too much emphasis on money and the things money can buy. This text is telling us that this is not a satisfying way to live. It is telling us that loving money does not bring satisfaction. It is saying that loving money is vanity. It does not bring fulfillment. It is not a worthwhile way to live. This verse is calling us to think about our own lives in the light of this principle. The Lord here is calling us to examine whether we are guilty of loving money and things too much. He is calling us to think about how we are seeking for satisfaction in our lives. He is calling us to think about whether we are living for what is really worthwhile.
— Rev. Jerry Hamstra