5/1/2013 by BY MARK MUNSON
Did you hear the story about?a man who?became envious of his friends because their homes were much larger and more luxurious than his own? So he listed his house with a real estate firm, hoping to sell it and to purchase a more impressive home. Shortly afterward, as he was reading the classified section of the newspaper, he saw an ad for a house that seemed just right. He promptly called the Realtor and said, ?A house described in today?s paper is exactly what I?m looking for. I?d like to see it and go through it as soon as possible!? The agent asked him several questions about?what he had?read?and then replied, ?Sir, you don?t understand.?That?s your house you?re describing.?
?A lady by the name of Edith Schaeffer once observed, ?It is so important not to waste what is precious by spending all one?s time and emotion on fretting or complaining over what one does not have.?
Contentment comes not in what we have, but in Who we have and in Who has us. Looking for contentment in the world only leads to dissatisfaction, but looking unto Jesus Christ for contentment is permanent and fulfilling. And if our contentment comes from Christ, then there is absolutely nothing that can take it away. Paul wrote in Hebrews 12:2, that we are to ?look unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.?
Jesus said in John 15:5, ?I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, the same?bears much fruit; for apart from Me, you can do nothing.? Whether it?s contentment, or producing fruit, the whole key is in the ?abiding?. Our relationship to Him is the key. He is the vine, we are the branches. As a vine sinks its roots into the soil to draw up water and minerals, it then shoots out that same nourishment to its branches. As long as you and I make it our daily goal to be rooted in Him, as long as we walk with Him on a daily basis and read His Word and seek His perfect will in prayer, then He can send us what we need and even more than what we need to bring us true contentment. But if we cut ourselves off from Him, if we pull ourselves out of the vine, and live our lives apart from Him, then we will receive nothing from Him. So the key to our contentment is our relationship?with Him.
Philip Parham tells the story of a rich industrialist who was disturbed to find a fisherman sitting lazily beside his boat. ?Why aren?t you out there fishing?? he asked.
?Because I?ve caught enough fish for today,? said the fisherman.???Why don?t you catch more fish than you need?? the rich man asked.???What would I do with them??
?You could earn more money,? came the impatient reply, ?and buy a better boat so you could go deeper and catch more fish. You could purchase nylon nets, catch even more fish, and make more money. Soon you?d have a fleet of boats and be rich like me.?
The fisherman asked, ?Then what would I do?????You could sit down and enjoy life,? said the industrialist.???What do you think I?m doing now?? the fisherman replied as he looked placidly out to sea.
Listen, we don?t have to go looking for contentment when Jesus has already given us His contentment by resting in Him. Jesus said, ?I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life. No man comes to the Father but through Me.? Where are you looking to find contentment?