The Problem of Positive Gains
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 6:6-8
So the point that Paul is making here is essential for every believer, especially new believers. Because if we misunderstand what Paul is saying here, we will misunderstand godly motivation wrong. And that's always what God is worried about — our motivations, our intentions, and our desires. And the primary challenge with godliness is that it has gain (or it reaps a benefit). And the gains are spiritual. The gain we discover in our relationship with God is God and the gain of his godliness. But sometimes, the virtue of his godliness demonstrated in our life will have personal gains, popularity gains, or profit gains. But if we interpret this as the main gain or get distracted by these lesser gains, our motivation will get out of alignment. Because guess what? Godliness doesn't always have a personal gain, popularity gain, or profit gain. Sometimes, godliness has a persecution gain. So you know what we have to do? We have to monitor the motivation behind our gains. And the way we monitor it is found in one word — contentment. Contentment is the barometer for monitoring our gains. Contentment is also the regulator for training our gains. This leads me to a question:
Is there an area of your life where you need contentment?
Name it. Monitor it. And then train those gains with contentment. And then remember the only gain you need, Jesus, has already been gained for you by Jesus.
ASK THIS: Is there an area of your life where you need contentment?
DO THIS: Name it and train it.
PRAY THIS: God, train my gains to only need you and nothing else. I am ready to learn contentment.
PLAY THIS: Enough.
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