Seeking God first in all you do brings genuine and lasting contentment.
What is something you wanted very badly? When you finally got it, how did you feel? How long was it before you starting wanting something else very badly?
Comparison is in constant competition with contentment. It seems that there’s always someone who is just a little ahead of us. The purpose of this study is to understand how to move from living in competition to living a life of contentment. In almost every group we join, we feel pressured to become the best or be “king of the hill.” Most often that pressure comes from inside us. There’s still someone who has more or is better. We learn that having stuff never fills that emptiness inside, no matter how much we have or how valuable it is. However, contentment isn’t based on a situation or a thing; it’s based on a Person. If you have given control of your finances to God, you have come to realize that contentment is not only real and lasting, it gives us freedom. Like the apostle Paul (Philippians 4:11-13), we too can be content in whatever our circumstances.
Primary Scripture: Matthew 6:24-34
1. Jesus taught that we must choose our loyalty. Why must we do this?
2. As you have gone through stages of life (adolescence, young adulthood, etc.) how have you changed in your relationship with God? Is there a constant?
3. In considering life, food, clothes, shelter, how does Jesus explain what’s important? How do you set priorities in your life?
4. These verses add up to a guide to contentment. Can you summarize it?
Discovery Bible Method:
For deeper study, as an alternative to the questions above, read Matthew 6: 24-34 and use the Discovery Bible Method to explore the passage.