Contentment and the Presence of Jesus

In the final chapter of Hebrews, Hebrews 13, the writer gives a lot of small instructions on how to live our lives and he sends greetings to some people that he knows. He says something interesting to me about contentment. Here is what he writes: Let your conduct be without covetousness; be content with such things as you have. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.” So we may boldly say: “The Lord is my helper; I will not fear. What can man do to me?” The exhortation is to be content with the things that we have but the reason isn’t “because you have many things” or “because a focus on extra things will take your eyes off of Jesus” or something like that. Rather, the reason is because Jesus is with you and will never leave or forsake you. The presence of Jesus is intended to help us with contentment. That’s a pretty amazing statement I think. Hymn writers have written songs that reflect this idea. Titles such as “Jesus is All I Need” and “I’d Rather Have Jesus” remind us that having Jesus is more important than having anything else. In that last hymn the chorus ends with “I’d rather have Jesus than anything this world affords today.” Is that true for you? I’ve often said that it is difficult for Jesus to be all you need unless He is all that you have. And I’m pretty sure that everyone reading this “has” lots more than just Jesus. Are we content with what we have….maybe even willing to give some more of it away, knowing that Jesus will fill whatever gap is present in our minds? I pray that would be the case for you. Let the presence of Jesus fill you with contentment…He’s not going to leave you or forsake you.


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