“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and we can take nothing out,” 1 Timothy 6 -7
Are you someone who can sit calmly by the seashore? Or are you most happy pushing others to meet your standards, counting your riches or constantly devising ways to make more money, even on vacation?
Do we as American citizens–one of the richest civilizations in the history of the world–recognize God’s blessings or do we horde our wealth by refusing to share? Or worse, not recognizing our blessings as we fight to move up the corporate leader or strive for a few more zeros on our banking account.
I hope that I am the kind of guy who can relax at the seashore happy with the heat of the warm sun, the crashing waves and the body God gave me. Content. Wishing for only what has been provided to me. Not asking for an excess of material things or more than I need.
But we know that we cannot stay on the beach for ever. We all know that God has provided rest for us (Exodus 20:8), but He also directed us to work (Genesis 2:15). We must strive for the balance He outlined.
The Apostle Paul reminds us that we are to be content in whatever circumstance we find ourselves. Rich or poor, hungry or full belly whether we are beautiful or homely. He set an example for us to follow:
“…for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances. 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 situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or want.” Philippians 4:11-12
If we follow God’s direction for contentment–not that of man–we’re likely to live a better life while on earth and to enjoy eternity.