1 Timothy 6:6-8 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
When I travel to different parts of the world and see first hand abject poverty, I am stunned out how good we have it in America. Next week I will travel to Haiti to assess the devastation from Hurricane Matthew with World Vision and see what we can do to help. As much as we struggle financially here in America, we still have so much to be grateful for.
Growing up poor has made me appreciate everything that I have received as an adult. The older I get the more I realize how blessed I am. With all the financial challenges we face as a city, a community, and even our church we still are blessed. The Apostle Paul redefines wealth for his son Timothy so that all of us can realize how blessed we are.
- True godliness with contentment is great wealth. So many people wear themselves out trying to get Rich when what is really required is seeking God first and his righteousness. A fool and his money will soon depart but if we seek God first everything we need shall be provided. The secret to arriving at this place is contentment. What I have right now is sufficient. Next to that is godliness. My character coincides with my ability to be content.
- Recognize the fleeting nature of material things. Naked I came into the world and naked I shall leave. It always amazes me when people die and want to be buried in their cars. You can’t drive it dead! It will rust in the ground with you. You can’t take anything with you. The only lasting thing is your legacy. What did you do to make the world better?
- If we have enough food and clothing let us be content. There are some basic necessities that every human is entitled to. Even Jesus told his disciples to pray, “give us this day our daily bread.” Matthew 6:31-33 “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.
So today, don’t worry about how it’s going to work out tomorrow. God’s got you today. Stop worrying about what you don’t have. Instead thank him for what you do have. You are wealthy in so many ways!
Thank you for life, health, and strength! You have been so good to me. You’ve put a roof over my head, clothes on my back, and food on my table. You keep making a way for me over and over again. Guide us O though great Jehovah! Pilgrims through this barren land, feed us till we want no more! Close the poverty gap, use us to feed the hunger, give shelter to the homeless, heal the sick, and set the captives free.
In Jesus Name,