Only let each person lead the life that the Lord has assigned to him, and to which God has called him. This is my rule in all the churches. Was anyone at the time of his call already circumcised? Let him not seek to remove the marks of circumcision. Was anyone at the time of his call uncircumcised? Let him not seek circumcision. For neither circumcision counts for anything nor uncircumcision, but keeping the commandments of God. Each one should remain in the condition in which he was called.Were you a slave when called? Do not be concerned about it. But if you can gain your freedom, avail yourself of the opportunity. For he who was called in the Lord as a slave is a freedman of the Lord. Likewise he who was free when called is a slave of Christ. You were bought with a price; do not become slaves of men. So, brothers, in whatever condition each was called, there let him remain with God.1 Corinthians 7: 17-24
Last week I had lunch with a friend who has transitioned from one phase of life to another and he seems to be doing quite well. Other friends are leaving one job for another and one of my teammates has decided to retire altogether.
How many people are looking for a change in circumstances to find fulfillment? A new job, a new house, a new car…when everything lines up perfectly, my life will be perfect. Are you satisfied with your place in life?
According to Paul, the key is contentment that is based on a relationship with Christ that doesn’t change with the circumstances of life.
In another of his letters, Paul addressed the idea of contentment this way: “I have learned in whatever situation I am to be content. I know how to be brought low, and I know how to abound. In any and every circumstance, I have learned the secret of facing plenty and hunger, abundance and need. I can do all things through him who strengthens me” (Philippians 4: 11-13).
How well have we learned the secret of contentment? How would you describe your ability to be content in your current situation?