Godliness with ContentmentBro. David Chancellor
7/29/2001 11:00 AM
1 Timothy 6:3-8
Paul had told Timothy that what men needed to hear was the word of Christ. Christ came to show us what God is like. To follow Christ is to be Christlike, to have a godly life. Gain itself is not godliness. "Godliness with contentment is great gain." We need to be content in our life with being godly. Just to have his presence in our life ought to bring a real contentment and satisfaction.
Seek God first. Our life should be spent seeking after God and his kingdom and his righteousness. God knows there are things we need and things that would appeal to us. There are many things we could worry about. With as much as we have in our day and age, people are still discontent.
All the days of the afflicted are trouble. If we have the presence of God, we can have a merry heart and have a continual feast. Contentment brings enjoyment, even with simple things. If our goal is godliness and righteousness, we can be content.
"... be content with such things as ye have..." Even if you don't have what everyone else does, you can still be happy if you are content. God has blessed you with what you DO have. The presence of God brings contentment. He said, "I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee." We don't have to be fearful of what others do. God is with us. Our goal in life is not money or position, but having God for our friend.
He was appreciative of the concern they had shown toward him. He could be content in all circumstances. When your heart is fixed on God, you can be content. If you have Christ, you will have contentment. It takes the strength of Christ to be content regardless of your circumstances.