June 14, 2021
Scripture: But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 1 Tim 6:6-7 ESV
Observation: As the saying goes, “There’s no trailer hitch on a hearse.” We strive and toil for gain in this life, whether it be fame or fortune, but when the bell tolls, we bring nothing into the next life but our crowns of glory: our heaven-bound treasures of godliness (Matthew 19:21). But even our crowns of glory will be cast before the throne of God because only the Lamb of God is worthy to be praised (Revelation 4:10-11).
Takeaway: Then what’s our goal here and now? Paul succinctly answers the question: seek godliness coupled with contentment. Godliness incarnates the Gospel and verifies what we proclaim: that new life is found in Christ. However, without contentment (without resting in the knowledge that he who began a good work in us will see it through to completion, Philippians 1:6), our striving for godliness through good deeds is nothing more than filthy rags (Isaiah 64:6). In contrast, godliness with contentment witnesses that God’s grace is at work in us each step of the way.
Prayer: Father God, help us to cooperate with the sanctifying work of your Holy Spirit and rely on your grace that is sufficient for the present moment, that we might become more content here and now. Amen.
Rev. Gordon Green, M.Div., M.A. Counseling