Our culture encourages and rewards greed, lust, and materialism. An individual’s value is too often defined by how much money they make, where they live, what kind of car they drive. As a society, we have come to equate gain with success and happiness. This is so far from the truth.
When a man’s social status is more important than his work ethic and flaunting name brand attire is more important than discipline, we have a colossal problem. Living in the lap of luxury sounds wonderful and very inviting, but we should not compromise our integrity and beliefs in order to get there. You cannot substitute cash for caring, and lavish living for love.
When we look at it from a Biblical perspective, we see that God wants His people to prosper and be content at the same time – although it seems contradictory, counterproductive. It seems to reason, that if I am content where I am, I will not actively pursue to be affluent and wealthy. For instance, the Bible says that money answers all things and then says that the love of money is the root of all evil – you cannot serve God and money!
Although God wants us to prosper, and although we need money to care for our needs and the needs of our loved ones – if you are not careful, it can become a distraction which can lead to sin. If the object of your ambitions is to become rich, you will never accomplish it because, in your mind, whatever you attain will never be enough. If you are not content with what you have, you are not going to be content with more.
In everything, we should be thankful! This is God’s will for us! Unhappiness, dissatisfaction, disgruntlement, the lack of gratification – these are not the characteristics of a thankful individual. Being content means being satisfied with our lives the way they are now – who we are and what we possess. Does that mean that we cannot aspire to grow in these areas of our lives? NO, it does not – but we do have to keep things in their proper perspective. Prosperity is not the priority, your soul is.
“What shall it profit a man to gain the world and lose his soul? What will a man give in exchange for his soul?”
Jesus said, “…a man’s life consists not in the abundance of the things which he possesses.” If this is the case, why do we feel so pressured to buy, buy, buy? If this is the case, why do we judge people based upon financial and social status? If this is the case, why do we make people feel guilty, or belittle them, for not living up to a certain standard? If this is the case, why do we try to keep up with the Jones’? Why can’t we just stay in our lane?
Discontentment can lead to covetousness and sin! When we don’t celebrate the blessings in our lives, we make ourselves miserable and run the risk of sinning. We start craving and lusting for bigger and more things, we start comparing ourselves to others – our ministries to others, our square footage to others, our make and model to others, our lives to others, our spouses to others! Self-Pity and envy creep in as we succumb to the lust of our eyes, the lust of our flesh, and the pride of life.
Discontentment is a negative force! Don’t believe me? Ask King David! God had poured many blessings into David’s life! He anointed him king over Israel, and delivered him out of the hands of Saul! God gave him his master’s house, his master’s wives, and the house of Israel and of Judah! And, on top of all that, God would have done even more for David!
So, the question arises, Why was this not good enough for David? God had given him so much, why wasn’t David content? Why did he take from another man what God had given him? David had plenty wives, one for every day of the week with one to spare! Yet he coveted another man’s ONLY wife, slept with and impregnated her, and then, to cover it up, put him on the front line of battle so that he would be killed by the sword. After his death, he took his widow to be his wife. All of this he took from a man less fortunate than himself. Blessed people can be some of the most selfish and egotistical people!
Riches, wealth, and prosperity do not make you a better person – don’t measure your success by man’s standards, but God’s! Don’t base your self-worth in comparison to others, because the grass is not always greener on the other side – sometimes it is spray painted, and other times, it is what is known as ‘artificial turf.’
“Discontentment Can Lead to Covetousness” — Yvonne James | https://www.yvonnejames.com