But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.1 Timothy 6:8–10
You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his manservant or maidservant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor. What does this mean? We should fear and love God so that we do not scheme to get our neighbor’s inheritance or house, or get it in a way which only appears right, but help and be of service to him in keeping it. We should fear and love God so that we do not entice or force away our neighbor’s wife, workers, or animals, or turn them against him, but urge them to stay and do their duty. The Ninth and Tenth Commandments
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This past spring in church, we sang “I Am Content, My Jesus Ever Lives” (LSB 468), one of my favorite Easter hymns. If you’re not familiar with the hymn, the four stanzas recount the author’s contentment in knowing Jesus as his Savior. Each successive stanza recounts the work of Christ as He keeps the Law perfectly in our place, gives Himself as a sacrifice for our sins, and defeats death so that we might have eternal life with Him. After recounting the work of Christ on behalf of His people, each stanza ends with the repeated phrase, “I am content! I am content!”
The words of this hymn ring in my ears as I consider the Ninth and Tenth Commandments. As Paul says in his First Letter to Timothy, “If we have food and clothing, with these we will be content” (1 Timothy 6:8). Sadly, our stuff-obsessed society doesn’t understand or support the concept of contentment. Rather, our consumption-driven world encourages us to covet what we don’t have.
Like the author of the hymn, we can learn to be content with what we have. Sometimes, that means waiting to get that new phone, putting off the purchase of a car, or deciding you just don’t need to get something. It’s not always easy. But God promises to be with us and strengthen us through His Word and Sacraments. As you grow through the Word and are led by the Holy Spirit, you, too, can learn to be content.
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