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 mechanic's work."

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 6:9)

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 anyone.

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 want!

 

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