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Godliness with Contentment

1 Timothy 6:6-8

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But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that.

1 Timothy 6:6-8 NIV

Paul had warned Timothy about “people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain” (1 Tim. 6:5). These were people who put on a show of being godly, but their motive was to profit themselves rather than genuine godliness. They were hypocrites, putting on a mask and playing a part. And unfortunately, that is all too prevalent in the church today. All too many preach a gospel that they hope will result in financial gain for themselves.

In contrast, Paul tells Timothy that genuine “godliness with contentment is great gain.” Rather than pursuing worldly gain, we should pursue godliness, training ourselves to be godly (1 Tim. 4:7). Financial gain is temporary. But godliness will pay dividends for eternity.

Contentment can be challenging. Many of us live in consumer societies. We are constantly bombarded with advertising designed to make us discontent with what we have—telling us that what they sell is the key to happiness.

But appealing as it may be, we do not need the latest and greatest of whatever is being advertised. Be satisfied with what you have. And put your efforts toward growing in your faith and godliness. Work for what will last for eternity rather than what you will leave behind when this life comes to an end.

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Ed Jarrett

Just an old clay jar that God continues to see fit to use in his kingdom's work. I am retired, married with 2 children, and 4 grandchildren. I have followed Jesus for many years. And I love to share what He has given me from His word.

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