Satisfaction and ease of mind are the defining words of contentment. But how often do we hear the words, "Give me more," "if I only had...," or "I wish..." Our society reminds us to never be content with what we have and that we should always be pushing to get more. Yet so many people are discontent with the things they have or don't have. Discontentment is what drives many to addictions because they perpetually need more to fulfill the longing inside. Speaking of discontentment...did you know that if you make $30,000 a year you are in the top 7% of richest people in the world and if you have eaten anything today you are luckier than 800 million people around the world? Wow! We have a lot to be thankful for. But how do we find contentment in a society that pushes us forward? Paul addresses this issue in 1 Timothy 6. He really breaks contentment down into two categories: contentment in truth and in wealth. You see there was an epidemic breaking out that was driving people to embrace and teach whatever brought contentment and happiness in their lives. Instead of finding contentment in the truth of Jesus, they were seeking out other religions and doctrines. In fact, they were using this to gain wealth, which eventually led them to do "evil" things to gain more wealth. Paul states it so clearly that "the love of money is the root of all evil." These people were never content with what they had, and were driven by this discontentment to do whatever it took to get what they wanted. Even if it meant abandoning the truth of God! But I love what Paul reminds us of in verse 6..."Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth." And Paul doesn't leave us wishing we could figure this mystery out. He proceeds in the second half of chapter 6 to remind us that when we pursue righteousness, faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness that we will find contentment in truth. The Bible is not just a good suggestion...it is truth! There are days that I don't necessarily like what it says, but I find contentment in my life when I choose to follow in spite of that. I could always find something else that "agrees with me" more at the moment, but then one day it will make me mad as well and I'll have to go in search of a new "religion" to make me happy. So if I can stick it out and pursue the truth of God's word I will have contentment in knowing there is security in my beliefs. Paul then continues by giving us instructions on how to find contentment in wealth...and it is not getting more of it! We are reminded that we can't put our trust in money and that we are to use our money to do good works. We are to be "generous to those in need," and "readily share with others." There will always be something else to buy or a newer, better item to have...but putting our trust in those things and the means to get them will leave us wanting. Investing our wealth in others and putting our trust in The Truth will lead us in paths of contentment. Contentment can be achieved...in God!
Family Challenge: Talk about any discontentment each of you may have. Talk about what brings it on and how relying on God's truth can battle that discontentment.Choose something as a family that you can give up in order to bless someone else with less than you.
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