1 Timothy 6;7-For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that nothing is more important than "godly gain." A God centered life is to be pursued and eventually gained at the end of our lives.
Godliness is a process in which all man should desire to pursue.
We grow in Godliness through the inward presence of Jesus Christ living inside of us by means of His Holy Spirit.
The presence of God's Holy Spirit living and abiding in us through Christ is the mystery of godliness. It is His presence that allows us to become the person God created us to be.
Vs #6 of this text says "Godliness with contentment is great gain."
The call is to be content with what you have. Adding more stuff to our lives is not great gain for scripture declares that Godliness with contentment is "great gain."
Nothing we bring in this world and nothing we will take out.
In the midst of great earthly loss and pain unspeakable, Job puts contentment on the front burner with these words he spoke in Job 1:21-"I came naked from my mother's womb, and I will be naked when I leave. The LORD gave me what I had, and the LORD has taken it away. Praise the name of the LORD!"
The Apostle Paul says in Philippians 4:12- I know how to get along and live humbly [in difficult times], and I also know how to enjoy abundance and live in prosperity. In any and every circumstance I have learned the secret [of facing life], whether well-fed or going hungry, whether having an abundance or being in need.
How was Paul able to be content in lack and in plenty? He learned it by being in lack and in plenty. He was taught by the leading of the Holy Spirit to be content with what He had or did not have.
The Apostle Paul learned the secret of contentment was to not be discontent with what he did not have, but to be content with what he did have and in doing so he was able to ward off the spirit of "discontentment" who tries to attach itself to all of us when we are not content with what we have.
Discontentment keeps you frustrated, confused, angry, indecisive, worried, fearful and at a place of always blaming something or someone for your discontentment.
Discontentment can be lessened in all of our lives if we choose to desire less and have more appreciation for what we have until the opportunity to have more comes our way.
I am not saying that we should not want to have the good things in life and not enjoy the fruit of our labor. Yes, God wants us to enjoy them, but they should not be our primary pursuit in life for all our earthly treasures will be left right here on earth.
Matthew 6:19-20- Don’t store up treasures here on earth, where moths eat them and rust destroys them, and where thieves break in and steal. 20 Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.
Luke 12:15-Then he said to them, “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; life does not consist in an abundance of possessions.”
Believe it or not, but the purpose of our stay here on earth is spiritual and not material.
Our stay here on earth is preparation for life eternal. When we loose sight of this prize knowledge, we will come up with nothing when we die because we choose discontentment instead of contentment which lead to a life of continual pursuit of earthly possessions that are of no benefit to your soul on earth nor in eternity.
Scripture declares in 1 Timothy 6:6-"But godliness with contentment is great gain". Therefore, if godliness with contentment is great gain, there is something to be gained by man in this world. What is it? Godliness!
The world says that you will find contentment as your desired possessions continue to rise to meet the level of your desires or at the level of your competition with others. There is only self gain here. This mindset adds nothing to your spiritual growth.
Learn to be content where you are. Remember, nothing in and nothing out.
Let's listen to the Apostle Paul's take on all his earthly gain in his life and what it meant to him in Philippians 3:7-8- I once thought these things were valuable, but now I consider them worthless for the sake of Christ. 8-More than that, I also consider everything to be a loss in view of the surpassing value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. Because of Him I have suffered the loss of all things and consider them filth, so that I may gain Christ.
What is Paul saying here? He acknowledge that all he had gain and accomplished was great, but in comparison to the importance of his relationship with Christ, all he had gained meant nothing to him. His personal relationship with Christ rose above all of his accomplishments.
Paul knew that his accomplishments and all that he had gained was for earthly use only. He would not be able to take them with him when he die. Therefore, he pursued a personal relationship with Christ and chose to be content in whatever state he found himself in it for he knew that contentment with Christ in whatever state he found himself was indeed "Great Gain."
If we look at Paul's bio, his accomplishments were great, but guess what? He said he considered them as "dung"! Oh, what a glorious view Paul had of who Christ was and who he was in Christ!!
Mark 8:36- "For what shall it pforit a man if he shall gain the whole world and lose his soul? Or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?
We brought nothing and we will take nothing!
Why not take the time to be content and enjoy what you have been given each day. I promise you that if you do, you will find that contentment is indeed a gain and not a loss.
Our pursuit in life is not more stuff or more money, but "Godliness" that leads to contentment in whatsoever state we find our selves.
Remember, nothing in and nothing out.