Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
I Timothy 6: 6-8 (NLT)
What if the world really believed today‘s passage? How far would corruption get? How about envy, jealousy, bribery? If contentment was our goal instead of wealth, fame or one-upmanship, how much better would the world be? How better would our life be? But why would the world do this if the church isn’t? When is the last time you heard a sermon on contentment? Instead, how many times do we think a person who is successful in business should be one of our spiritual leaders? A person in a lesser station in life could be very devout in their faith yet never be considered for the position. This is simply wrong. Paul is teaching us true Kingdom standards. He is saying that being Godly and having contentment is true wealth in the Kingdom’s currency. If we have our basic needs met, it is not wrong to be satisfied with that and seek to devote our time to spiritual pursuits. In today’s world, most of us have an opportunity to make a good living. Some will make an extraordinary amount of money and have what the world calls success, but all of us can have contentment. All of us can be rich in the Kingdom of God. Today, let’s find it in our hearts to be thankful and pray that God would teach us more about contentment.
Dear Father, I have so much to be thankful for, yet I wrestle with being content. Help me understand Your values. Help me to strive after Godliness. Teach me about true contentment so I may have life’s true wealth. In Jesus’ name.
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