Reading: 1 Timothy 6: 6-11
Paul calls us to what really matters in this life and in the life to come. He states in verse six, “godliness with contentment is great gain”. When we live a godly life and are content with God’s blessings, then we do find much joy, peace, and happiness. But it can be a struggle to live this way all the time.
Even though Paul reminds us in verse seven that we brought nothing into this world and can take nothing out of it, sometimes we sure act differently. We eye the latest cell phone, tablet, or other gadget. We see the newest model of our favorite car and think our 2015 version is getting a bit old. We hear the Jones’s got a new boat and we think it sure would be nice to take the kids out tubing or fishing anytime. Pretty soon it can be easy to not be so content.
Paul spells it out very clearly when he says, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”. He does not say money is bad but that the LOVE of money in bad. This love causes us to pursue much instead of God. When we love something more than God, soon enough we “wander from the faith” and we find ourselves”pierced with many griefs”. Money, possessions, status, … do not last. When we chase after such things all we want is more, more, more. Enough never comes.
“Flee from all of this!” is Paul’s advice. Instead, Paul encourages us to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness. When we fill our lives with these things, contentment is not far away. When we pursue these things we soon realize the depth of God’s care and love for us, each a child of God. When we realize this, we trust in God that all of our needs will be met and that our lives will be richly blessed no matter how much or how little we have. When we live pursuing God, we find true contentment. May God be our all in all.