READ: Matthew 6:1-18
- In Matthew, chapters 5-7; are usually referred to as the Sermon on the Mount. In this particular speech (one of 5 such sections in Matthew), Jesus helps His listeners reinterpret the Torah (Old Testament Law) or to apply it to their lives in ways that will help them live more effectively for God’s sake. Chapter 5 holds a variety of subjects where Jesus takes a teaching deeper than before. Chapter 7 contains a variety of topics, most of which are interpersonal.
- Chapter 6 (which includes the prayer from which our whole sermon series is taken) is largely about one basic topic: contentment. While Jesus approaches the idea from a variety of angles, the basic concern is with accepting life as it comes and not trying to make it something it’s not. That doesn’t mean not seeking to grow or change. It does mean not trying to be something you are not.
- Contentment is a difficult state to reach. It can be misconstrued as being lazy or passive. It isn’t those things. Contentment is a willingness to live with things as they are and be satisfied. Contentment isn’t competing with others to get ahead of them. It does mean that you are willing to settle for less than what you may want. It means bringing your wants into line and learning to be satisfied with what is, instead of what you perceive should be.
- How would you describe your level of contentment?
- What would it take for you to become content?
- What have you done to help the discontent deal with their contentment?
PRAY: Commit to being content. Ask God to help you be satisfied. Pray for those who see and know you to see the change Christ makes in a person’s life.