Being Content

Paul writes in Philippians 4:12 "I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want." (NIV) Point being, don't get greedy. Whether your have much or little, God knows and He will meet your needs.

Then I read in 1 Timothy 6:6 "But godliness with contentment is great gain." In our time today there are many people who are content with their, "religion". "Religion" being whatever it is they have determined will satisfy their souls needs for God. I talk to people who are seemingly content in their relationship with Christ. Then I speak to others who strive and even struggle to grow. Now at first one might be tempted to think that the latter is less spiritual than the former. But in reality the opposite is true. Christians should never be content in experiencing God through their everyday lives.

Timothy is pastoring the church of Ephesus. It so happened at that time that there were false teachers who were outwardly, "godly" in order to gain an abundance of riches. They taught that their wealth was a sign of God's approval on their teachings. I don't think that I am speaking out of context when I say that there are people whose "godliness" seems to be enough. They appear to have everything in order and their lives are good. They are seemingly satisfied, spiritually rich.

We must never allow ourselves to become lax in our relationship with Christ. Earthly wealth isn't the goal or the mark. Spiritual wealth is. Seek it with all you have every day, every chance, every service with everything you've got. You will be richly rewarded.