DISCONTENT BY BISHOP DAG HEWARD-MILLS
15th April 2019
READ: Matthew 20:1-15
“…but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” – 2 Corinthians 10:12
To be content means, “to be satisfied, gratified, appeased and delighted” with something. It also means “to be thrilled, tickled, bewitched, captivated, charmed and enraptured” with what you have.
Monitor the level of contentment of your followers at all times. I want to work with people who are thrilled, captivated, charmed and enraptured by their job with me in the ministry.
Discontentment is an evil spirit that needs to be dealt with. You cannot lead people who are not thrilled, satisfied and delighted to be with you.
No circumstance is perfect. Contentment is a product of the heart and not a product of one’s circumstances. Some people do not have much but are very happy.
Whenever people focus on what others have, they become discontented. In the story you just read, the master had promised good wages to his workers. Initially, they did not complain about the salary because they thought it was fair. At the end of the day, however, new workers were employed who were given the same wages. Suddenly, discontentment reared its ugly head. The original team of workers were no longer happy with their wages. Many people are content with what they have until they look next door to see what someone else has.
If you start to compare yourself with someone else, you will degenerate into discontentment. You will become a complainer, a doubter and an ungrateful person.