The Bible says in Hebrews chapter thirteen and verse five, Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
This past week I heard a tremendous message from I Timothy chapter six. The passage was readily outlined into a wonderful 3-point sermon: FLEE, FOLLOW AND FIGHT. Among the things that we are to flee is covetousness or wanting what others have. Paul says, But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition.
If we could distill life down into three categories, we would find the need for food, clothing and shelter. These are the necessities of life. Contentment is found in being satisfied with our food, clothing and shelter, whereas covetousness is found in wanting better food, clothing or shelter. The question is, though, what makes us want better?
My first job was a job at JC Penney’s. I was eighteen years old and had begun wearing suits to church. When I got that job, I found that JC Penney suits were superior to anything I had ever owned, and I needed one! In time, I had several and enjoyed them very much. However, when I got into Bible college I got a job at Dillard’s. Well, wouldn’t you know it, Dillard’s had some high-dollar suits. I could just see myself preaching in one of them….and I finally owned one! No, I didn’t get a job at Sak’s 5th Avenue, so I peaked out on the Hart Schaffner and Marx! The point is, the enemy of contentment was COMPARISON. It is when we compare our food, clothing and housing with others that we grow discontent.
In light of that, let’s come back to Hebrews 13:5. The writer says,
Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: Clearly, we as Christians should be grateful. But, why? For he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee.
Two applications can be made:
- Contentment comes out of knowing both who we are in Christ (joint-heirs with Christ and the owners of an inheritance that cannot be taken away) and what we have in Christ. What we have in Christ is an all-sufficient Saviour. He truly is all we need!
- The second application is this: If the enemy of contentment is comparison, how would Jesus fair if we compared Him to the garden of gods worshipped around the world? The answer is, JESUS IS BEYOND COMPARISON. He is a wonderful Savior! I could not improve upon what I have found in the Lord Jesus Christ.
When Abraham’s servant went out looking for a bride for Isaac, he sat in Rebekah’s home and exclaimed, Sarah my master’s wife bare a son to my master when she was old; and unto him hath he given all the he hath (Genesis 24:36). The writer of Hebrews said that Jesus, the Son of God, is the heir of all things. You see, when you accepted Jesus, you got all that God has. Truly, that will produce contentment!
Jesus is beyond comparison- He will never leave us or forsake us.