The Gain of Godliness (Friday, September 4, 2020)

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1 Timothy 6:1-8

Dear friends in Christ, the world instills in us the attitude that “To be happy, we need more”. That is the underlying assumption behind all advertising – you can’t be happy until you own product. If you want to enjoy life, then you need this. We struggle hard to raise income to support that kind of lifestyle. The thing that is lacking in this frenzied pursuit for material things is contentment. Many Christians are sucked into the swamp of discontent. Are you a contented Christian? Get refreshed by our spiritual Tonic of the theme: The Gain of Godliness, drawn from 1 Timothy 6:1-8.

Think over the last month of August. Was your time spent pursuing godliness with contentment, or was it consumed with going after material things? This is not referring to the necessity of life – food, clothing and shelter, but a lifestyle marked by the pursuit of all the roubles we bring upon our souls.

God has called us as His people to a life marked by contentment. Therefore, becoming a godly person brings us great gain – not necessarily in the material realm, as some false preachers today say. Part of the gain of godliness is contentment. How do we extricate ourselves from the pervasive appeals of our materialistic culture so that we can be content with what we have?

St. Paul shows us that contentment comes from having the priority of godliness, not gain, and the perspective of the eternal, not the temporal.

Godliness is actually a means of great gain, when accomplished by contentment. Godly people have the inner peace of knowing that they are right with God and that whether they live or die, they belong to Him because He is truly the Lord of their lives. You cannot serve God and mammon. Most of us try to work out a compromise between God and mammon. But, Jesus knew our hearts so He drew the line, as if to say, “Choose for yourself who your Lord is!

Will you choose God, in which case you relinquish all right of ownership? Or, will it be mammon, in which case, you are not serving God? You do not have to take an oath of poverty to follow God. It is possible to be both good and rich. However there ought to be an observable difference between the lifestyle of Christians, whose master is God, and others, who are seeking contentment by living for the things of this world.

If we choose God, let us know that He owns everything – all! We are only His managers. Each of us must be able to answer to the Jesus. We should judge ourselves, asking honestly. “Am I seeking first the Kingdom of God and its righteousness? Or, am I seeking first the things of this world? My use of money reflects my priorities – living simply and economically – food and covering so that the rest can further God’s Kingdom.

Finally, contentment draw our attention on the transitory nature of life and futility of putting our hopes in temporal things. You can’t take anything away with you out of this world. Don’t climb ladder of success only to find out that the ladder was leaning on the wrong wall! The Lord Jesus our savior assures all who receive Him of the freedom from greed, anxiety, and circumstances as the basis for happiness.

Let’s pray: Lord Jesus, help us to invest wisely, in that which furthers your Kingdom. Amen

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