Posted by: bshelley | September 3, 2008

Take It With You

Today’s Verse: 1 Timothy 6:6-7 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. NASB

I could likely get my own TV ministry going if I only focused on verse 6. However, Paul is explaining to Timothy how those who would preach so as to tickle the ears of those would give money to hear a watered down gospel are in his words, “of depraved mind and deprived of the truth.” They “suppose that godliness is a means of gain.” Monetary treasure in this life, that is. Verse 7 is one that we typically hear only at funerals and in annual budget campaign sermons. In verse 6 though is the key to a rich life indeed. He has clarified that he is not discussing financial gain as a reward for godliness, although I have heard some preach this as I channel surf on the television. If godliness is not a means to financial gain, what is he saying? Although the message is a simple one, far too many take much of their lives striving against the wind before this soaks in. Some never get it. If we simply set ourselves to live lives measured against God’s standards, His best for us, we can know “great gain”. There is no need to go to a mountain top in the Himalayas in search of life’s secret. It is revealed right here. Live a godly life and be content with where ever and what ever God leads you to and you will have a life infinitely more rich and rewarding than those with the most enormous of what the world has to give. If we daily seek His presence and participation in our lives we have eternal riches, the enjoyment of which can be right here and now. He goes on to say we need to be content with God’s presence, food and shelter. After all, those who strive after worldly riches “fall into temptation…foolish desires…plunge…into ruin and destruction.” (v.9)

Lord, help me find contentment in Your presence and in service to You. I desire only the great gain that comes from a life filled with You and lived in accordance to Your will. Thank You for that which money cannot buy. Thank You for Your salvation. Amen.

Audio Version: seeking-gods-heart-1-timothy-6_6_7

Advertisements

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

Categories

%d bloggers like this: