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Godliness With Contentment

Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJV)

Have you ever found yourself not being content with what you have but actually found yourself wanting more?  I am sure we all could answer a big “Yes” to this question, and there are probably a host of things we have found ourselves wanting through the course of our lives. 

We are told “godliness with contentment is great gain,” and yet we live in a culture that teaches us the opposite.  With phrases such as, “The one with the most toys wins,” or “Some is good, more is better,” we have been somewhat programmed within our culture to go out and grab as much of what life has to offer in materialism as our little hands can hold.  And if we can’t hold enough, we can always buy a bigger toy hauler to grab some more. 

Q:         So, what exactly does godliness with contentment mean, and how can it be great gain?

Godliness is our earnest desire to see God’s character reproduced in our lives—it is to be holy.   Contentment means to be quietly satisfied and happy.  So, godliness with contentment is when we become satisfied and happy with God’s will for our lives.  We must understand godliness without contentment will lead to a joyless, legalistic life, and to seek contentment apart from godliness is a life separated from God’s truth. 

Having possessions isn’t a crime, nor is being wealthy and successful, but they can never give us the same contentment we will find when we walk in righteousness.  This contentment from God is one of the greatest things we can possess as Christians as it leads to peace and joy.

for the kingdom of God is not eating and drinking, but righteousness and peace and joy in the Holy Spirit. Romans 14:17 (NKJV)

I want to encourage you to meditate upon these things today.  Let’s choose to use the things we have been given for kingdom purposes.  Let’s choose to help others in need.  Let’s choose to stay focused on the passing nature of this life and be planning for our eternal life. 

STUDY QUESTION: What can we learn about our possessions and our contentment in the Scriptures contained within this devotional?

PERSONAL INVENTORY: Are you seeking to live a Godly life?  Are you finding you are content with what you have, or are you striving for more?

APPLICATION: Let’s choose to remind ourselves at the start of each day, “I am only here for a short time; this is not my home.”  Let’s choose to look at what we have and give thanks to our Lord for it rather than focusing on what we don’t have.

Let’s Pray…

Father, thank You for everything You have given to us.  Father, we are sorry for the times when we have longed for more temporal stuff in hopes of becoming content.  Help us to use our possessions for kingdom purposes.  In Jesus’ precious name, amen…

Be blessed, Pastor Scott

Copyright ©2017 by Pastor Scott Wright.
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