But godliness with contentment is great gain.

For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

In his letter to Timothy, Paul gives his young mentee a glimpse into a killer recipe for the significant gain.

Before thinking too deeply on the topic, conclude in your mind how you would describe a “great gain.” I’d wager that if you asked 100 different guys that question, you would get a whole host of answers. Some would be monetary; others are relational. The wisdom of what Paul is saying is that gain has nothing to do with “gaining” at all. Having more of anything does not breed satisfaction.

When someone once asked John D. Rockefeller, “How much money is enough money?” He replied, “Just a little bit more.” The same principle applies to whatever the heart desires in this world. Understanding this, Paul warns Timothy that traps, ruin, destruction, evil, and grief are all related to discontentment. Notice how he didn’t say money is a cause; money transacted reveals how contented the heart of a man is. Look around you today and find ways to thank God for what you have and where you are in life. Directing thankfulness to God is the secret to practicing godly contentment.

DO THIS TODAY: Find 5 things you are thankful for and pray a thankful prayer out loud to God. 

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