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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14 thoughts on “The Problem of Positive Gains

  1. Mike says:

    I’m an addict and my gain is to use the thing I shouldn’t use. I don’t know how to make Jesus my gain to be content with him and not my addiction which throws Him out. Lord Jesus have Mercy on me

  2. Dennis says:

    Sometimes I am not content in my marriage. Let me clarify. I am not at a point of ending it, but I sometimes feel like I am not appreciated and there is a lack of intimacy. I know we get “comfortable” but why do we seem to neglect the area of intimacy or a better way to put it, the pursuing of our partner? I have learned to lean into Jesus otherwise I would have ran.

  3. Chris says:

    I just started taking classes towards my teaching certificate. I decided to change careers because of a love for working with students. Classes started this week and the technology they are using and the resources I have never worked with. Chat rooms, discussion forums, shared docs , etc… and the fact that these instructors seem to think that everyone in our class is up on technology is discouraging. Please pray that I can learn how to use the devices I will be using to learn the subject matter. I’ve been praying but I’m still rattled.

    • Cory D says:

      Hey Chris praying for you brother! I’ve been in a similar situation for about 3 years. I teach customers our software and just when I get comfortable on a topic I get a new one to learn. I pray my way through the new topic and ask for help. Just remember all thing are hard before they are easy! I pray God has his hand on your heart as He leads you into a great teaching role!

  4. Dennis Burk says:

    Dennis Burk be a “reason” for contentment?
    Just a thought.
    Ie. I’ll stay in this crummy job, home, etc., because I need to be content.

  5. Matthew says:

    An area of contentment that I pray God will provide me with is my current lot in life-to know that I have Him and he is enough.

  6. Mac says:

    Contentment, I am recently retired from a high stress job. To be honest I am struggling with being content. And I’m not sure why.

  7. David Josker says:

    Thank you Lord for you grace, mercy and many blessings. I have what I have because of you Lord and you are all I need

  8. Dan says:

    Thank you so very much Vince, for taking the time to make sure your sermons are carefully sound with doctrine truth. You are AWSOME!
    God strengthens peoples hearts through you. Thank you for being that conduit for us.

  9. Mike MIkulski says:

    Thanks so much for this series on leadership. The church we belong to has asked me to consider being a deacon. I was in this role in a previous church, and it wasn’t a good experience, so I’m a bit gun shy on this go around and not rushing into it. This series is what I need at this point to help me in making this decision, so you’re right over target, at least for me. Thanks and many blessings for what you’re doing!


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