The lesson in discontentment, part 4

Click here for part 1, part 2, and part 3.

I don’t say this out of need, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know both how to have a little, and I know how to have a lot. In any and all circumstances I have learned the secret of being content—whether well fed or hungry, whether in abundance or in need. I am able to do all things through Him who strengthens me. Phil. 4:11-13

It makes you wonder: if the secret of being content is Jesus, then why are so many Christians discontent? Why am I?

One of my favorite songs lately is Passion’s recording of In Christ Alone (Kristian Stanfill).

I keep getting caught up in one word in those lyrics: here. Here in the power of Christ I stand.

Many people who say they are Christ-followers live like the power of Christ is out of reach for them, personally. We are discontent because we think that Christ’s strength is somewhere over there, but not right here in our grasp. We believe in His power, but feel helpless to stand in it. We act as if it is something someone else might have, but not us.

Paul learned to rest in Christ’s strength (v. 11), and so should we.

Contentment is not something you can achieve. It is not gained by sitting in a pew or giving an offering or by any other sort of doing. It can never be found outside of God’s will (part 2), and it’s not something we find in relationship with other people (part 3).

Jesus said to His disciples, The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you, but to those outside, everything comes in parables” (Mark 4:11). So then, if you are in Christ, the secret of contentment is not a parable. It is not out of reach. It has been given to you to learn. You don’t need to go somewhere else to get it. You don’t need to be someone else to find it. You don’t need to do anything to earn it.

You only need to rest in it, believing that He is enough (part 1).

We find contentment when we stop striving. We find contentment when we rest in Christ…in Christ alone.

In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
this cornerstone, this solid ground
firm through the fiercest drought and storm

What heights of love, what depths of peace
when fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My comforter, my all in all
here in the love of Christ I stand

There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
then, bursting forth in glorious day
up from the grave He rose again

And as He stands in victory
sin’s curse has lost its grip on me
for I am Yours and He is mine
bought with the precious blood of Christ

No guilt in life, no fear in death
this is the pow’r of Christ in me
from life’s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny

No pow’r of hell, no scheme of man
can ever pluck me from His hand
’til He returns or calls me home
here in the pow’r of Christ I’ll stand

In Christ alone

I find my strength, I find my hope
I find my help, in Christ alone
when fear assails, when darkness falls
I find my peace, in Christ alone

I give my life, I give my all
I sing this song, to Christ alone
The king of kings, the lord of lords
All heaven sings, to Christ alone

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