Whether we are rich or poor, it turns out that success, wealth, and possessions do nothing to quell the longing we all have for fulfillment. Without the contentment that comes from knowing Christ, people will always yearn for more—and try to find it in all the things the world promotes.

Today, the spirit of greed and envy dominates the television screen, whether it’s the news, primetime media, or the plethora of ads that aim to convince you that this new product will finally give you what you’re looking for. It’s easy to see how the spirit of discontentment is devouring the soul of our nation.

You and I are also just as susceptible to discontentment, forgetting the incredible, incomparable gain we have already received through Christ: the very presence of God. That is why Scripture tells us that “godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6). When we remember the wonder of the Gospel—that we have been made children of God—we cannot help but be content as we walk with our Lord, and we’ll gain even more as we are renewed in character and build up treasure in heaven (see Galatians 5:22-25, 2 Corinthians 4:16-18, Matthew 6:19-21, 1 Corinthians 3:12-15, et al.).

In his letter to the Christians in Philippi, Paul writes, “I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want” (Philippians 4:12). He tells us the secret in the very next verse: “I can do all this through him who gives me strength” (v. 13). This verse has often been ripped from its context and used by some who want to boast in their own strength. But it’s actually telling us it is Christ’s strength that empowers us to be content, no matter what season we find ourselves in. Paul learned to lean on Jesus. The Lord gave him the strength to endure anything the world threw at him, but more than that, He gave Paul the strength to be content—no matter what.

Friend, if you want to be content in this coming year, focus on Jesus Christ. Become an ambassador for your Savior, for that’s what He has called you to be—and serving Him is great gain.

Prayer: Lord, help me to be Your ambassador. May I draw many to Your wondrous Kingdom by the contentment You bring to my spirit and life. I pray in the name of Jesus. Amen.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Timothy 6:6).

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About The Author

Dr. Michael Youssef, Ph.D.

Even before he was born, it is clear that God had a vision for Michael Youssef. His mother was in poor health when she became pregnant with Michael, and because his life was in danger at the time of birth, the doctor recommended terminating the pregnancy. An abortion was scheduled. But God intervened and sent the family pastor to reassure them that God was involved in this pregnancy. He told them not to be afraid and that the child would be "born to serve the Lord." Michael's parents accepted the pastor's message as a message from God and obeyed. His mother gave birth, and lived to see him give his life to the Lord at the age of sixteen.

Believing that God had called him out of Egypt, Michael sought an exit visa in a time in which no university student was allowed to have a passport or leave the country. God intervened again, and miraculously he managed to acquire a visa. He immigrated to Australia, where he studied at Moore Theological College in Sydney, was ordained as a pastor, and met Elizabeth who became his wife.

The Youssefs came to America in 1977, and in 1978 Michael received a master's degree in theology at Fuller Theological Seminary in California. Then he earned a doctorate in social anthropology at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. Michael served nearly ten years in the Haggai Institute, traveling around the world more than 32 times, teaching courses in evangelism and leadership. He rose to the position of Managing Director at the age of 31 years. The family settled in Atlanta, and in 1984, Michael became a citizen of the United States, making his dream of many years come true.

He founded The Church of The Apostles in 1987 with fewer than 40 adults with the mission of "Equipping the Saints and Searching for the Lost". The church has since grown to be a congregation of over 3,000 people today. This church has driven the international ministry of Leading the Way. While it is heard by millions at home and abroad, behind every message preached through radio waves, is the heart of a pastor, willing to nurture and care for these people. Clearly God has uniquely equipped Dr. Youssef to speak to a global audience. The path he has taken has given him an understanding and firm grasp of the Scriptures that transcend cultures. He preaches, teaches and calls with a sincere, based on the authority of the inerrant, inspired Word of God. With his personal knowledge of the Holy Land, its history and culture, Dr. Michael Youssef transmits life to listeners all over the world.

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