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The Secret to Contentment

An active faith in the loving sovereignty and total superiority of Jesus Christ over every part of my life.

The reason we often struggle to be content is that we often allow other desires (even good, God-given desires) to take the throne of our hearts where Christ should be. If you are like me, you might just need a reminder of your real hope and treasure. I trust that these rich truths from Scripture will realign your heart and mind toward the hope you have in Christ Jesus.

You can use these bookmarks as a Scripture memory prompt alone, or you can dive in deeper and use these as a Bible study. Below are some key questions and additional passages for a deeper study.

Bible Study Questions & Additional Passages

Christ-Likeness: The Purpose
Romans 8:18-30

This is the most important part of the study. What you believe about God and His ultimate purpose for your life will drive everything you do. Christ came to rescue you from sin’s power and penalty, not to give you a self-focused, comfortable life here on earth. If you are a believer, you are already dead to sin and alive to Christ. (Romans 6) One day, you will mirror Christ perfectly.

  • What does Jesus look like according to 1 Corinthians 13?
  • How does Christ bear the fruit of His love in your life according to John 15:1-11 and Galatians 5:16-26?

Christ Himself: The Prize
Philippians 3:7-14

We most often struggle with contentment because we treasure the wrong things.

  • What do you get most excited about or most upset if it is taken away?
  • Do you treasure what is eternal or temporal? To what are you looking for satisfaction?
  • What does Matthew 6:19-21 tell you about what you treasure? Where do you invest most of your time, effort, and energy?

Christ’s Strength: The Power
Philippians 4:11-13

We are incapable of transforming ourselves into Christ’s image or working up to a content heart. (Remember John 15)

  • Who is at work in you, and how does this bring hope and comfort? (Philippians 2:13)
  • Are you in competition against God’s Spirit, or are you humbly submitting to His power?

Christ’s Gift: The Provision
2 Corinthians 9:6-15

An easy way to test our contentment level is to analyze our giving. When we are overwhelmed with thankfulness for Christ’s inexpressible gift of salvation and daily benefits to us, we want to freely share those gifts with others.

  • According to the memory passage, does God’s grace ever run out? What type of words does He use to describe His grace?
  • Meditate on God’s gift of eternal life, the hope of heaven, and all of the blessings that Christ has poured out over you today. How can you share those blessings with someone else?

Bible Study & Scripture Memory Bookmark Set

Click the image below to access this simple printable from Etsy. Available in both KJV and ESV.