1 Timothy 6:6-7
Posted November 10, 2015
But godliness with contentment is great gain,for we brought nothing into the world,and we cannot take anything out of the world.
Wealth has long intoxicated the minds and the hearts of this world, and here we see Paul cautioning a young Timothy to be vigilant against the love of money in the Church. What is true gain for the people of God? For the believer, it is something far superior to earthly comfort and material possessions. Our gains have nothing to do with our “stuff” and everything to do with His sufficiency.
If ‘godliness with contentment’ is great gain, how do we obtain it? In all things, we look to Christ! The longer we look upon Him, the more we see that He is all that we will ever need. He is sufficient for all circumstances. Our wants become limited as we behold His limitlessness. We become more like Him and act more like Him as we are deeply satisfied in Him. This is godliness with contentment, and it has eternal, everlasting value.
Conversely, godliness in and of itself without this deep contentment and satisfaction in Christ is not a great gain, but a great loss! Pious works that are not motivated by a love for God will ultimately fall short of eternal, everlasting worth (1 Cor. 13:1-3).
In ancient Egypt, tombs were filled with supplies for the deceased to use in the afterlife. Bowls, combs, food, and statues, among other things, were sealed up within the tomb for future use and protection. It may seem absurd to us today to think of stuffing our stuff in our coffins, but how many of us expend more effort in striving for temporal riches than striving for indestructible riches in our lives? How many of us run out our days building up our own kingdoms rather than the never- ending Kingdom of God? Just as a baby has never been born holding a billfold, we will leave this world without a single earthly treasure in our grip. Paul longs for the Church to live in light of this truth. We are called to things of eternal value and eternal worth! We are called to godliness with contentment. We must be more attached to Christ than to material things, for He alone will prove sufficient in the end.
Song by Hannah and Tim Glavor.
Produced by Grant Harold.
Artwork by Jacob Cowdin.
Devotional by Emery Clark.