Putting God's Word into Practice…

1 Timothy 6:3-10 The Riches of Contentment

on January 31, 2013

This is one of the most concentrated teachings on contentment in all of the Bible.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

There are untold, immeasurable, unfathomable riches in being content!  Looking at life through the lens of contentment changes everything!  We feel no lack!  Am I content with what I have?  Is having food and clothing enough for me?  Am I not only content but grateful?  Are the things I feel like I’m missing really necessary?  Do I really believe that by wanting and having more, I actually have less?

Did you know that the average family walks away from college with a degree and $50,000 in debt?  Or that the average credit card debt per person over 18 in the United States is $7,000 (in a marriage, that means $14,000)?   Divorce.com cited “financial problems” as the number one reason for divorce in America.  Discontentment is taking a huge toll on our families!

Paul wrote that contentment keeps us from several things:

  • Falling into temptation.  When we are content with our “daily bread” we are kept from temptation to want more and more and more and more (Matthew 6:9-13).  It also keeps us from the temptation to be prideful (Proverbs 30:8-9).
  • Being ensnared by our foolish and harmful desires.  Doesn’t carrying the weight of discontentment and the baggage of doing anything to get what we want feel like we have our lives in a giant trap sometimes?
  • Plunging into ruin and destruction.  Proverbs 11:28 says, “Whoever trusts in riches will fall.”  It might be those relationships that are sacrificed on the alter of greed and discontentment.
  • Wandering from the faith.  Our pursuit of earthly, temporal gain steals our affections from the Lord.  We cannot love the Lord with all our heart, soul, mind and strength while simultaneously loving money.  Discontentment distracts us from what we really believe to be true.  (Matthew 6:24)
  • Pierced with many sorrows.  Anyone who is chasing wealth and possessions knows all too well the sorrows that pierce their own hearts.

Is money evil? NO!  But the love of money is.  The love of money may look differently in each of us.  For me it has been a mind dominated by calculating and covering financial imbalances.  For others it might be working hard at the expense of your family to get what everyone wants.  It might be as simple as spending time daydreaming about winning the lottery.

1 Timothy 6:10a “For the love of money is a root of al kinds of evils.”

Hebrews 13:5 “Keep your life free from the love of money, and be content with what you have, for he (God) has said, ‘I will never leave you nor forsake you’.”

Is God enough?  Am I content to have Him?  Am I content with what He has given to me?  Discontentment says that God is not good and that He is not enough.

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