Paul says in Philippians 4:11, “For I have learned in whatsoever state that I am in, to be content”. Paul, a great apostle, was the best person to teach us this. Paul learned to be content when he was suffering and hungry. He went through several things in his life that most have never had to face. He was shipwrecked, snake bitten, almost drowned, beaten and thrown in prison, etc… If Paul could learn how to be content we all can. Contentment with Godliness is great gain (1 Timothy 6:6).
The meaning of content is: to be in a state of happiness or satisfaction. To be content is to accept your life as adequate, not wanting something more. It means your heart is content with what God has given you —not seeking after the desires of this world. When you have contentment, you have peace. You don‘t have the cares and worries that some might have to deal with. You are not seeking after riches and worldly possessions.
Luke 8:14 teaches us a parable. “And that which fell among thorns are they, which, when they have heard, go forth, and are choked with cares and riches and pleasures of this life, and bring no fruit to perfection.” When someone is caught up with the cares of riches and pleasures of this world it is hard to do love God and do his service.
God wants you to seek after him and his righteousness and he said, “All these things will be added to you” (Matthew 6:33). He tells us that he will give you the desires of your heart if you delight in the Lord (Psalms 37:4). If your heart‘s desire is on things above, then you will not seek after evil things. You will not be asking for riches and fame.
Look at what happen to King Solomon in the Bible. God gave Solomon one wish. 1 Kings 3:9 tells us that Solomon asked for an understanding heart to judge his people and to discern between good and bad. He didn’t ask for long life, riches or the life of his enemies. This pleased the Lord and he granted him his wish and everything he didn’t ask for, such as riches, long life and the life of his enemies.
Learn to be content with what God has given you in this world. I’m not saying be content with wickedness. Don’t look at the world and say, “Well that is how it is or there is nothing I can do about it”. There were great men that didn’t settle for the ways of the world but they set their minds to witness, preach the gospel and help others the best way they could. God looks at the things that you do in this life. He looks at what he has given you and what you do with it. He has granted people with fame to see what they did with it. One example is the preacher Billy Graham. He is one of the most famous preachers in the world today. He could have changed his views and used it for evil things but he set his mind on God. Just remember no one is small in God’s eyes. He uses the humble to fulfill his will too. As long as you have a willing heart. God will use you for his purpose. “But God hath chosen the foolish things of the world to confound the wise; and God hath chosen the weak things of the world to confound the things which are mighty” (1 Corinthians 1:27).