6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses.
Are you content? It is hard to be content with what we have when so much discontent is shoved in our face. Think about all the commercials and ad’s you see today. They are almost always about the next best thing. A new phone, a new car, new clothes, a bigger TV. Bigger, better and faster than ever! The world does not want you to be content. What happens when you are not content? You spend money and desire those things that appear better. When you are not content it leads to a trap. That trap is the desire to be rich, to gain more. It starts for many of us when we are just children. When I was a child I begged and begged my parents for a bike. All my friends had bikes but me. One Christmas my parents finally got me the bike of my dreams. As a child I was so happy, I would ride my bike for hours and hours until my legs would burn. Whats funny is after about a month or two I got tired of my bike. It was no longer shiny and new, it was dinged up a bit and the seat was torn. It has happened to everyone at some point. That feeling of discontent.
The word content means to be satisfied. When we are not satisfied it can lead to many harmful things in our life. Many good and faithful Christians have walked away from God in pursuit of money. Money is not bad, but it is the love of money that will destroy you. Jesus said, “No one can serve two masters. Either he will hate the one and love the other, or he will be devoted to the one and despise the other. You cannot serve both God and Money” (Matthew 6:24).
There is no secret to being satisfied. When we pursue our desires rather than God’s desires for our life it will ultimately lead to “many griefs.” The answer to being satisfied is to replace those unsatisfied desires with Godly desires. 11 “But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life…” These are the things to cherish: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. There is no greater satisfaction in life than Jesus. Are you satisfied?
Jesus, may you be my only treasure in life. Help me to focus my heart on your desires and to be content in you. God, protect me from the desires of this world and give me strength to “fight the good fight of faith”. Amen.