Scripture Reading

1 Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

Insight on the Word

This verse is a receipt for success. That is a life lived godly (devoted, holy and pious), added to contentment (satisfaction), equals great gain (a life of mega means).

The Scriptures teach us to live our lives: “denying ungodliness and worldly lusts,” and that “we should live soberly, righteously, and godly, in this present world” (Titus 2:12). We are not to live to please selfish fleshy desires, but rather to please God. A life of godliness is possible because God has already “given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue” (2 Peter 1:3). By God’s power we are enabled to live free from sin. And, a life that is lived in godliness to the end, will be greatly rewarded by God: “For the wages of sin is death; but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord” (Romans 6:23).

The thought of blessings in the life that follows is good news, but what about the here and now? Jesus himself, when asked by his disciples concerning their giving all to follow Christ were told they: “shall receive an hundredfold now in this time, houses, and brethren, and sisters, and mothers, and children, and lands, with persecutions; and in the world to come eternal life” (Mark 10:30). The Christian life is truly a life of confession of Jesus as Lord, but it is more than just words, action must follow (James 2:14-26). As children of God we should: “be careful to maintain good works” and Paul tells us that doing these things “are good and profitable unto men” (Titus 3:8).

Be satisfied in God! You do not need the things of the world to be content. For the child of God a godly life is the goal. We will loose out because we live for God? Not at all; in realty we shall gain for “godliness with contentment is great gain.”

Speak the Word — I am satisfied to live godly, for it is great gain! (1 Timothy6:6)

Daily Bible Reading — Leviticus 20 – 23