Godly Contentment

Keith Knight

"But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs."  I Timothy 6:6-10

Here are three important questions to ask yourself as you start your day:

1.  What brings me true happiness?

2.  What brings me true joy?

3.  What brings me true contentment?

Answers would probably vary from good health to good family relationships amongst others, but I imagine that most people we encounter would answer their questions in a single word...Money!!!  Unfortunately, most people still believe that money is the answer to life; that if I have enough money I will be happy, joyful and content.  But this is far from the truth.  This is why the Bible discusses the topic of money, finances and wealth more than any other topic.  The real truth is that money will never fulfill our need for happiness, joy and contentment that we all seek!!!

There are some things in life that bring us temporary happiness, joy and contentment.  But the key component to a rewarding, satisfied life is found in I Timothy 6:6, that "godliness with contentment is great gain."  If we walk closely with and honor God in every aspect of our lives; if we focus our desires on pleasing Jesus, we will be content in the circumstances of life and at peace with what God is doing in our lives. But often times, we deceive ourselves when we measure our happiness or contentment in life by the amount of wealth we possess.  We put earthly riches at the top of our value system and we let power, pleasure and financial security overshadow the eternal core value of our relationship with God.  Money can even tempt us and dictate the choices and decisions we make in life.  Money can even determine how we spend our time.  The enemy will trick us into thinking that we will be happy or content when we have obtained financial riches, only to be disappointed when we discover that they don't really satisfy the longing of our souls!!!

The true measurement of happiness, joy or contentment is found in God's love and being in the center of His will.  If you place your faith, trust and relationship with God above the earthly treasure of this world, you will find the true happiness, joy and contentment!

Scripture Comtemplation:

"Do not lay up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy and where thieves break in and steal, but lay up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys and where thieves do not break in and steal.  For where your treasure is, there your heart will be also."  Matthew 6:19-21

Matthew 6:24 says, “No one can serve two masters, for either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve God and money."

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