April 15, 2018
It's the last chapter in Hebrews and what a dynamic book it has been! Verse 5 & 6 are very popular verses that if understood and accepted can change our outlook on life.
Can we ever be content with what we have? Sure, at moments we can be but sometimes, and maybe most of the time, we are in search of something better/more/different/fulfilling.
Contentment goes against the nature of our society which is in pursuit of a better life, a better future for our children, better education, better career, more income, more monetary things, more love, more passion, more excitement, more thrill, more adventure and the list goes on and on.
What is painstakingly obvious but yet remains a mystery to the vast majority is that we as humans have always (since Adam & Eve) been in search for these "better" things and our world seems more desperate for these things today then they were yesterday. So with all our pursuits for these "better" things, the hunger inside of us still remains. We are still discontent. We long for social interaction and community and yet, after the invention of all the social platforms, we still feel all alone. For thousands of years we have longed for "love" and yet despite our searching, divorce and family upheavals are more prevalent today than yesterday.
So it's obvious that WHAT we are searching for in our pursuit of contentment is not working. But for some reason, we keep pushing these things and that is a mind-boggling mystery.
Because there is one, and only one, that will ever satisfy us in the way that we want to be satisfied. There is only one that can make us feel contentment and that one is Jesus!
So to answer the question, Yes, we can be content with what we have in that we have Jesus! He is the one and only that satisfies the love in our heart. He satisfies our desire for purpose. He satisfies our ambitions.
Jesus is the answer and is superior to all. If He is the King of every kingdom of our life, we can boldly say, "The Lord is our helper and we are content!"
Hebrews 13:1-25 (KJV)
The spirit of Christian love
1 Let brotherly love continue.
2 Be not forgetful to entertain strangers: for thereby some have entertained angels unawares.
3 Remember them that are in bonds, as bound with them; and them which suffer adversity, as being yourselves also in the body.
4 Marriage is honourable in all, and the bed undefiled: but whoremongers and adulterers God will judge.
5 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.
6 So that we may boldly say, The Lord is my helper, and I will not fear what man shall do unto me.
7 Remember them which have the rule over you, who have spoken unto you the word of God: whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation.
8 Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever.
9 Be not carried about with divers and strange doctrines. For it is a good thing that the heart be established with grace; not with meats, which have not profited them that have been occupied therein.
10 We have an altar, whereof they have no right to eat which serve the tabernacle.
11 For the bodies of those beasts, whose blood is brought into the sanctuary by the high priest for sin, are burned without the camp.
12 Wherefore Jesus also, that he might sanctify the people with his own blood, suffered without the gate.
13 Let us go forth therefore unto him without the camp, bearing his reproach.
14 For here have we no continuing city, but we seek one to come.
15 By him therefore let us offer the sacrifice of praise to God continually, that is, the fruit of our lips giving thanks to his name.
16 But to do good and to communicate forget not: for with such sacrifices God is well pleased.
17 Obey them that have the rule over you, and submit yourselves: for they watch for your souls, as they that must give account, that they may do it with joy, and not with grief: for that is unprofitable for you.
18 Pray for us: for we trust we have a good conscience, in all things willing to live honestly.
19 But I beseech you the rather to do this, that I may be restored to you the sooner.
20 Now the God of peace, that brought again from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great shepherd of the sheep, through the blood of the everlasting covenant,
21 Make you perfect in every good work to do his will, working in you that which is wellpleasing in his sight, through Jesus Christ; to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen.
22 And I beseech you, brethren, suffer the word of exhortation: for I have written a letter unto you in few words.
23 Know ye that our brother Timothy is set at liberty; with whom, if he come shortly, I will see you.
24 Salute all them that have the rule over you, and all the saints. They of Italy salute you.
25 Grace be with you all. Amen.
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