Look To The Son

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I have learned how to be content with whatever I have.
— Philippians 4:12

As we live out our faith why is it that our contentment and trust can start to waver?

To be a Christian is to say that nothing else can fully satisfy and that you are only made whole in Jesus. It’s a truth you believe wholeheartedly; your past has been erased and your new life turns to colour as you dwell on the security and hope that surpasses anything this world could offer - an intimate relationship with God for now and eternity.

But we are immersed in a culture that believes satisfaction and contentment come through gaining more. This ‘have it all’ mentality is not a new desire born out of strategic consumer marketing, it has always been there. We have always hungered for just a little bit more than we already have.

This hunger is fuelled by something we all engage in every single day - comparison. 

Comparison creeps into your life when your focus drifts horizontally. Look to the left and your university friend is on a shiny road to success while you’re drowning in applications trying to get a job that’ll pay the rent. To the right your younger sibling is about to marry the person of their dreams while you can’t get past the first date. Behind you, your childhood best friend is embarking on the trip of a lifetime while you can barely scrape together enough money for a weekend camping trip.

It often feels like everyone else always has ‘more’.

Jim Carrey famously said, "I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it's not the answer."

True contentment comes when we abandon comparison and stop looking horizontally for what can only be found vertically.

The peace I give is a gift the world cannot give.
— John 14:27

We need to stop looking sideways and start looking up.

Every day we have a choice to make. We can look around at people who have more than we do and grumble as we compare our lives to theirs, or, we can leave it all in our wake and let it dim into insignificance as we look up into the loving face of our King, our Saviour, our Jesus.

Turn your eyes upon Jesus,
Look full in His wonderful face,
And the things of earth will grow strangely dim,
In the light of His glory and grace.

Everything else fades when confronted with the reality of who Jesus is and what He has done. It is the only thing that makes sense in a world full of people desperately scrambling to get ‘more’, hoping that it will bring them happiness and purpose, but succeeding only in creating more sources of dissatisfaction.

So turn your eyes upon Jesus today. Abandon comparison and run into the arms of the One who has everything you need. Trust Him through the difficult seasons and cling to the truth that His wisdom is far above our own. If we do this we can praise Him through anything, knowing His love and faithfulness will never fail.

Look to the Son.

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the pioneer and perfecter of faith. For the joy set before him he endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
— Hebrews 12:1-2

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