On Things Above

But my God shall supply your every need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus.

— Philippians 4:19

What does it mean to be content? According to Webster’s it means: “Having the desires limited to that which one has; not disquieted or disturbed by desire, even though not every wish is gratified.”

There are two words that come from the same root; they are spelled exactly the same way. However, they mean altogether different things, and they are pronounced differently merely because of the accent. Content is exactly the same word as content. The only difference is in the accent.

I think there is a story there. You see, being contented means to have the desires limited to that which one has—limited to that which is contained rather than always desiring those things that are not in the container, those things that you don’t have. Unfortunately, most of us lean toward the latter.

We would all like to live contented lives. How do we do that? By fixing our hearts on things above. Is Christ our delight, our joy, our satisfaction, our contentment, and our rest? Rest and contentment are only found in Christ Jesus, because He knows our needs and He has promised to give us all that we need (Philippians 4:19).

Question to ponder:
Today, how can you set your heart on things above?