“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy

No doubt Paul loved Timothy.  He was his Mentor, and spiritual Dad.   He taught Timothy how to be a Spiritual Leader, and the importance of keeping life’s priorities right.   Jesus personally taught Paul. The Holy Spirit teaches each of us as we listen and learn from His written Word.  The Lord chose certain people to write down words of truth that we might know His love, and His will for our best.
In this letter, Paul cautioned Timothy about serving money instead of God.  He told him there were some who thought that godliness was a means of financial gain.  He said, “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.  People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction.  For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10
Having lots of money can be a wonderful thing.  It can help people who may be in need.  It can build things that will make lives so much better.  It can be a blessing used to bless others. The issue the Lord is speaking to us through Paul about is ‘the love of money’ instead of ‘the love of each other’, and the focus of just wanting more for the sake of having more.  Someone said, “Who is rich?  He that rejoices in his Portion today.  Contentment makes poor men rich; discontentment makes rich men poor.”
Whatever our portion is today is from the Lord when we love Him, and serve Him.  He is the one who gives power to get wealth.  And wealth is not just about money.  It is peace, and love and the proper use of it. But if our focus stops at the money, the rest is left to little or none.
Let us be content with what we have today, and remember that our God owns all things.  Let us look to Him, and the Spirit of power He has given us, as we live a life of love and kindness, and peace and contentment in Him, and all that brings.  That kind of life brings great gain.  And should the Lord choose to open a floodgate of material wealth today or tomorrow unto us, that will just be another way to bless those in our life.  It will not be our focus.  We will certainly be good stewards of it, but it will just be an arrow in our quiver to use for His glory – not ours.
Have a wonderful day, God’s Beloveds.   We are greatly blessed with Christ Jesus in our heart.  We are at peace.  We are content.  Let us rejoice and be glad in His love, and mercy, and grace.
Poppa B.

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