Hebrews 13:5 New King James Version (NKJV)
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.”
For so long it has been taken, that contentment, as described in the bible, is equivalent to the love of mediocrity and the lack of zeal for pushing to get what we want. But we always lose sight of the initial phrase: “Let your conduct be without covetousness”
What is Covetousness?
A covetous person is, greedy, acquisitive, grasping, avaricious, mean, having or showing a strong desire for especially material possessions. Covetousness implies inordinate desire often for another’s possessions [definition courtesy Merriam-Webster Dictionary]
So you see someone who has certain stuff and you are so obsessed with what they have, you want to get it at all means. It’s not wrong to aim to be like someone or be as wealthy or as seasoned as one individual or the other. But I believe our ultimate goal as Christians is to be like Jesus Christ.
I believe being content is being pleased and thankful with what you have now as you strive to move ahead in life. Covetousness sometimes makes us miss our purpose as we make other people’s lives our visions and goals. It’s great to have Moses as a role model. He was powerful, famous et al. But remember there was a Jochebed whose decisions and actions sustained the life of Moses.
It’s expedient that we all have a vision, an aim, something we are working towards. Of course we need to be guided by the Holy Spirit. But we don’t have to be sunk into what others have: their material wealth, influence, affluence, clothes, shoes, cars; so much so that we lose sight of where we came from and God’s purposes for our lives.
Contentment is not the love for mediocrity. You can’t be so bad at something and decide to still stay there. If you are going to get married and build a family, then you can’t live on the same resources forever. You need to work hard and as God blesses the work of your hands, you have enough for your family and to bless others. Being content is not accepting non-achievement, poor conditions and stagnancy. Being content is being thankful of what you have and believing that the same God that brought you here will take you to where He has planned for you.
It is important that we be thankful for where we are and what God has done for us. We become ingrates when we do not appreciate God for what He has done for us. No matter how much we get in our lives, we will still want more. But be happy with what you have now. It will help you to be happy with what you get later in life. For He Himself has said, “I will never leave you nor forsake you.