The difference between contentment and satisfaction is one of perspective. Contentment is a state of your spirit. Contentment is about conviction and knowing – with assurance – who you are, whose you are, and your purpose in life. It’s an issue of knowing you have what you need Philippians 4:11-12) . Remember how our Lord taught us to pray? Our Father…give us this day our daily bread… (Matthew 6:9-13). Contentment is rooted in belonging to the Lord by faith – justification.
Satisfaction, on the other hand, is a state of mind. Again, it’s a difference in perspective. I can be content in knowing my needs are met and I stand justified before God through faith in Christ. At the same time I can be completely dissatisfied with where I am in my character development. I am not yet where or who I want to be. My desire is to be different than I am presently. I want to be somewhere more certain and secure than where I am. This is more closely related to sanctification – becoming who I want to be – and having a longing for my true home – heaven!
Just Passing Through
The Apostle Peter tells us that we are not of this world – something Jesus also told us – we are just passing though. Our home and citizenship is in heaven (Philippians 3:20). Having a heavenly mindset helps us to remember that this life is preparing us for the next. What we experience here serves to mold us in Christ’s image as well as witness to others of God’s grace and goodness. In fact, nearly everything you experience fits in one or both of these categories.
Knowing in my heart and spirit that I am secure in Christ frees me to pursue His calling on my life. In other words, being content in Him allows me to be dissatisfied and thus strive to be more. I’m not seeking material gains but spiritual ones. This is not about adding to my bank account but to my heavenly treasure. I’m not trying to satisfy my wants but I want the satisfaction of being all I’m called to be. Do you understand?
In this episode of DTLC Radio we break this down a bit more. At times it may be a bit confusing so, if you want to discuss it more, please contact me.