"Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out." I Timothy 6:8
Some people are happy to live a simple life. But more and more often, people demand greater excitement. Simple experiences no longer satisfy them. Adequate food and clothing, basic necessities, are not enough. They want treasures and luxuries, thrills and excitement. A result may be that they are not at peace with themselves or with the people around them.
Such discontent shows up in tensions encountered on all levels of life - in the family, in the work place, in the community, even in the church.
The apostle's encouragement in the verse for today is very appropriate: let's be content with life's basics. If God grants us more, as he often does by giving us good health of body and mind so we can work and learn, to say nothing of windfalls, we have all the more reason to be thankful.
We show our gratitude by sharing our surplus with the needy, thereby glorifying our Savior, Jesus Christ. "Whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me."
How wonderful that the Lord Jesus has met our greatest needs: our salvation, forgiveness, new life, peace with God! We are well supplied with food for our souls, conveyed to us through the means of grace. We have spiritual clothing; the robe of Christ's righteousness imparted by faith. Truly, as Paul said, "Godliness with contentment is great gain."
Ask God to grant each of us contentment even when the sun does not seem to shine in our lives.
Randy Morris, Minister