Contentment in a Covetous World

Do You Trust Him?

Contentment may be more of a struggle for us today than ever before with social media. We scroll through and see people with the job, clothes, spouse, home, or salary that we want, and—all too often—seeds of discontentment and covetousness take root in our hearts. But how do we avoid it? Can we still desire those things? In this 9-minute video from The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference, Mark Mellinger sits down with Melissa Kruger to talk about how to cultivate contentment in a covetous world.

Melissa Kruger is the Women’s Ministry Coordinator at Uptown Church in Charlotte, NC. She is also a regular contributor to The Gospel Coalition blog and the author of two books: The Envy of Eve and Walking with God in the Season of Motherhood.  

How would you describe your relationship with social media? Does it encourage and inspire you, or discourage you and build discontentment in your heart? In what ways?
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Melissa said that having desires is not bad, but we can start to covet the objects of our desire when they become the be-all, end-all to our peace and happiness. 

How can you tell when your healthy desire for something has become covetousness? Describe a time when you thought, “If only I had ____, I’d be content.” When you finally had that thing, did it meet your expectations? Why or why not?
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Melissa believes that contentment is found when we look back to the Cross and the God who died for us, and then toward the future at our heavenly home where all will be made right.  

What are some things you desire to have right now? What do you think God thinks about your desires? Do you trust that He knows what you desire and will give you what is best for you? Why or why not?
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What are some reasons God might want you to wait on those things you desire, or not have them at all in this life? If you never get them, how could you grow to trust that God still loves you and that Christ and our eternal home are enough?
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Isaiah 64:8 (ESV)

8 But now, O Lord, you are our Father;

we are the clay, and you are our potter;

we are all the work of your hand.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

How might this imagery of the potter and clay help you maintain perspective and cultivate contentment? In what ways do you feel God gently shaping you for His eternal purposes?
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Nothing catches God off guard—not even our coveted desires and mistrust in His goodness and love. God invites us to bring our desires and complaints before Him and abide in His love instead of avoiding Him. Only there will we find the contentment our covetous-leaning hearts crave. 

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