The 3 Masks of Contentment

We live in a world of masks! Just take a look at social media, and you will find all the masks people are wearing. When you look at Facebook or Instagram, people’s lives “look perfect.” They have the best family or the best boyfriend, best girlfriend. They have the best house or the cleanest of cars. Most people are putting out there the mask of wanting you to believe that this is how their life is all the time. There may be glimpses of brilliance, but no one always has it all together all of the time. I can say that because we live in a fallen world and we are fallen, people.

One of the biggest traps that a person can sub come to is the comparison life. You look at these images on social media of great vacations, perfect families, and flawless churches and you think these people look content and happy that is what I want. All the while not seeing the real situation.

Advertisers use this as well, to create discontent in the consumer and getting them to believe that if they just purchase their product then contentment will come. How many times have you fallen into that trap, just to find out 2 weeks later that you are not any more content, more in debt and probably more discontent than ever?

Let me take off the masks of contentment for you and help you realize how to have true contentment.

  • The Mask of money – some believe that if they have more money that they will be content. The Bible tells us just the opposite. That the desire for more money will not bring contentment, but it will bring MANY sorrows.

1Timothy 6.10 For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

  • The Mask of problem free living – others hold on to the hope that if they can just get to the point of a problem free life or a life without stress then I will be content. The Bible tells us that this life is never going to be problem free. We find in the book of Job that life is short and life is FULL of trouble or agitation

Job 14.1 ¶ Man that is born of a woman is of few days, and full of trouble.

  • The Mask of earning – finally there are those who believe that you can earn contentment. If I just get the next promotion. If I just get married. If I just get a boyfriend or girlfriend. If I just move into the right neighborhood. If I just get out of this marriage. Thinking that these things will bring contentment, through earning is not how you get contentment. It will never happen that way. The Bible does not tell us that we can earn contentment.

The masks are off of contentment and the question is, “How can I have contentment?”

Philippians 4.11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.

Philippians 4.12 I know both how to be abased, and I know how to abound: every where and in all things I am instructed both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need.

Having contentment comes down to learning to be content!

The only way that you can have contentment is to learn contentment and you learn contentment in whatever state (circumstance) of life you find yourself, to be satisfied or to show satisfaction with things as they are. Philippians 4:12 gives to us the totality of when and where we are to learn contentment.

You will either learn contentment or you will be living behind a mask, and to live behind a mask is to live without contentment.

George Riddell
Husband of a wonderful wife, Father of two terrific girls, Pastor of Open Bible Baptist Church

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