Godliness with Contentment
Godliness with Contentment
1 Timothy 6:6-10
I. Riches will not always produce Contentment.
Henry Ford once remarked; "I was happier doing
John D. Rockefeller commented; "The poorest man I
know is the man who has nothing but money."
A. "Godliness with
Contentment": Godliness is a reverence towards God and Contentment is a perfect condition of life
where you don't need anything else.
B. True contentment is rare,
and sadly, some believers suffer from being discontent.
II. A warning to discontented believers. (1 Timothy
A. "those who desire to be rich": Money and riches in itself are not evil, but the desire to be rich
is what draws people downward.
B. "fall into temptation":
Their desire to be rich moves them towards entertaining thoughts and schemes to
achieve their desired goals.
C. "into a snare" : They
become trapped by their desires. They might experience a taste of success.
D. "into many senseless and harmful
desires": Their desires worsens and draws them deeper beyond sensibility.
E. "plunge people into ruin and
destruction": 'Plunge' - To sink, submerge or drag to the
bottom. A picture of total devastation of both body and soul.
III. Cravings that caused some to wander away from the
faith. (1 Timothy 6:10)
A. "The love of money is a root of all kinds of evil":
Money in itself is not evil, but the love of it is!
B. "Through this craving some have wandered away from the faith":
Believers who wandered away never planned to do so. It occurred through a
gradual and deceitful process.
C. "Pierced themselves with many pangs": A self-imposed problem, by their own
decision. An inner turmoil: They often suffer from a condemning conscience,
unfulfilled desires and dissatisfaction, and disillusionment.
IV. Wandering away from the faith...it can happen to
A. The example of Demas: A
fellow worker and close companion of Paul, who later became a deserter. (Philemon
23-24, Colossians 4:14, and 2 Timothy 4:10)
B. Jude writes of false
teachers who perverted the grace of God "into sensuality" or a
doctrine that catered to the flesh. The
church is to be and remain very aware. (Jude 3-4)
V. How can we achieve godliness with contentment?
A. (1 Timothy 6:6-8)"We
brought nothing into this world and we cannot take anything out of this world."
We need to view everything in light of eternity.
B. (Matthew 6:21-24) We set
our sights on what we value (good or bad). We cannot serve two masters; God and
money, eventually one will dominate.
C. (Matthew 6:31-33)Anxiety
often drives people into making rash decisions. Believers must place their trust
in God and follow Him. To seek the kingdom of God is to know Him through His
word, know His plan, learn about ourselves and how we need to change.
D. (Philippians 4:11-13)The
ability to be content with much and with little is rare and considered to be a "secret".
The good news is godliness with contentment can be learned."I can do all
things through Him who strengthens me"; an often misunderstood verse, means
that God strengthens us to do what He wants to do and not necessarily what we