Continuing Thought for the Week [5.28.21]
I Timothy 6:6-10: But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Main Thought for the Week:
First of all, let me start off by saying that I don’t feel that it is wrong to have money or material things. I also don’t feel that money is evil in and of itself either. I believe that Paul is telling Timothy that the quest of anything without God being the center source of fulfillment and joy, can be a trap. I also believe that He is saying, allow God to be the source of all that you have or desire to have. Take note that in verse thirteen of this same chapter Paul says this to Timothy: “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.” In other words, pursue the things of God, those things that produce true fulfillment. Food will run out. Clothes will wear out. Money will will cease to be available at times. Houses will eventually fall down and cars will rust or fall apart after a period of time. Most things don’t last forever and being content with things, especially things that are temporal and fleeting doesn’t last forever either. Contentment is a choice and this week I want to talk to you about 5 ways that you can learn to be content.
5 Ways to Learn to be Content:
- Realize that contentment doesn’t come naturally for most.
- Understand that there is a difference in being content and in being satisfied.
- Be thankful for what you have.
- Don’t compare.
- Know that contentment is God’s plan for you.
Now let’s look at number five> 5. Know that contentment is God’s plan for you. Would you want your children to not feel fulfilled? Would you want your children to be in turmoil? Would you want your children to feel discontent? Me either! So what makes you think that God would want you as His child to not feel peaceful, fulfilled and content. I believe that it is God’s plan for us as His children to feel a sense of contentment in our everyday lives. God has a plan and He has a purpose. A time and a place for everything. Therefore, when you understand time and seasons; you envy know one. When you understand time and seasons you will be more content! And you will become more of a peaceful contented person in the process of experiencing the ebb and flow of life. Never forget this familiar phrase: “If it costs you your peace; it’s too expensive.” If your focus is on God and His plan and His purpose and His provision, than you will live a life that is more consistently content. Godliness with *contentment *(surety, sufficiency, a condition where no support or aid is needed, a mind contented with it’s lot) is great gain. See you next week!
Key #1: Focus on what you do have, instead of focusing on what you don’t have!
Key #2: If you’re never satisfied with what you have, you won’t be satisfied with what you get.
Key #3: God knows what you need, but He wants to know if you are thankful for what you have.
Key #4: Don’t dare compare!
Key #5: Godliness with contentment is great gain!