What Contentment!

William C. Brownson

Read: 1 Timothy 6:3-7

But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. (v. 6)

The apostle is grieved that some look upon “godliness” as “a means of gain”—pursuing religion in the hope of financial enrichment (1 Tim. 6:5).

Contentment is at the opposite pole from covetousness. The godly and contented are happily satisfied with what they have. They see themselves, while enjoying the Lord’s favor, as being immeasurably rich. They are like Christian families I know in Uganda—on the edge of poverty but characteristically full of joy. They know that they came into the world with nothing. If they have food and clothing, they are wonderfully content! They are the truly rich, who are happy with what they have. They are the blessed ones who have learned to “work it right.”

I met an old high school friend some years after we both had graduated. Frankie went on and on about how much money he was making. Finally he paused and said, “What are you doing, Bill?” I said, “I’m going to be a minister of the gospel.” Dead silence. Then, with a shrug, “Well, there’s good money in that if you work it right!”

Paul reminds Timothy that true godliness is indeed profitable, but in quite a different way. The gain comes when devotion to God and his service is blended with contentment. —Bill Brownson

As you pray, ask our heavenly Father to help you treasure the riches of his grace, and be content.