Godliness is a Means of Contentment

If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. (1 Timothy 6:3-8 ESV)

Godliness is a means of achieving contentment because we know our citizenship is in heaven where nothing ever decays. To twist Scripture in a way to acquire wealth and divide people is the work of Satan. He offered everything to Jesus while he in the desert short of acknowledging him as Lord. However, his temptations were resisted because the Son was secure in his relationship with the Father; he knew that he will be provided with everything he needed while walking this earth in human form. Jesus gave up his rights as God so he can teach us how to have faith and rely on the power and word of his Father.

We were born naked into this world, and we will die naked when we depart. God will sustain and clothe us while we develop our faith and character. Having full reliance on him is an act of worship, and pursuing his righteousness leads us to obedience. While it is nice and convenient to have money and things to enjoy, we know that all that can be taken away. Place your trust in the Lord and not riches. Remain content and satisfied in him, and you will see how much more he will bless you in the future, if not here, then in heaven.

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