But godliness with contentment is great gain. 1 Timothy 6:6
Getting something that someone does not have is what most people want. People are always wanting something more. Billions of dollars are spent every year with people purchasing new things, from small little toys to cars and houses or more.
Billions of dollars are spent by companies advertising things that they have to sell. They tell people that they need those things. People purchase those things because they feel that they need them.
Problems occur, however, when people cannot afford to get those things. They are discontent because they want the item and feel they need it, but cannot get the item. Or they see their neighbor with that item and want it also.
Most people are not content with what they have. John D. Rockefeller once said that a little bit more is the answer to the question “how much money is enough?” At the time he said that, he was the richest person in the world. He was not content with what he has.
Ever since Adam and Eve, people have been discontent with what they have. They are always wanting a little bit more. Eve wanted a little more life than what she had in the garden, so she disobeyed God in trying to get more.
Paul says that one is to live a godly life and be content with what he has. Jesus had said to just pray for what one needs today and not worry about tomorrow. This is a sign of contentment.
God knows what each person needs. Not everyone needs a lot of money or many things or high dollar things. If a person has it, he may reject God in order to play with his new thing.
Every thing that a person has is to help him be closer to God, be more like Jesus or to show Jesus to someone else. He is to strive to be like Jesus and bring others to Jesus.
Take a look at what God has already blessed you with. You have enough. If God desires to give you more, He will, but do not fight for more. Having more may only bring about more problems in life. Trust God for what you need. Don’t trust the things of this world for what you need.
God can give you more peace than the things of this world. Seek Him first.
I pray that you will seek God first in your life; that you will trust God for all of your needs; that you will find contentment in knowing God; that you will not seek contentment in things of this world; and that your life will be like that of Jesus.
For physical training is of some value, but godliness has value for all things, holding promise for both the present life and the life to come. 1 Timothy 4:8
Physical training is usually seen as high value. Doctors are always telling their patients that they need to get out and be physical, to do physical training–exercise. Traveling throughout many cities one will see many different gyms for working out in. Exercise is seen as something of great value.
While many people exercise to help themselves look good, there are also many who exercise to stay in good health. Exercising will help keep a person’s heart and lungs stronger, which in turn keeps their overall health much better. It will increase the likelihood of the person living a longer, healthier life.
Yet, exercise will stop there. Every person will die at some point. No matter how much physical exercise a person gets, they will die. In eternity, exercise means nothing. So it does have some value, but not a lot.
Training to be like Jesus and to be Godly has a lot higher value. In this life it can bring joy and peace where there is none. It removes all anxiety and fear. It helps build better relationships with people. It destroys selfishness and hatred.
When anxiety, fear, hatred are removed, a person will live a healthier life. Many illnesses come from fear, hatred and anxiety.
Not only does living like God help in this life, it also benefits a person after death. Following Jesus means one is striving to live like Jesus did–a Godly life. In return Jesus gives the person eternal life in heaven. This benefit never ends and gives perfect life and health with God. It removes all sickness and pain for eternity.
While it is good for you to exercise to build your physical self up and stay in good shape, it is only for a temporary value. Training to be like God will benefit you in this life and for all eternity.
Training to be like God is to live your life just as Jesus did. Acting, speaking, reacting, and listening just as Jesus did. This not only builds you up, but will also help build others up and make this world a little bit better. Then in the end when you step into eternity, the benefits will magnify increasingly for all eternity.
What are you training for today?
I pray today that you will train to be like Jesus; that God will show you how to act and speak as Jesus did; that your life will be on full of Godliness; and that you will se the benefit of living a Godly life for God.
“For if you possess these qualities in increasing measure, they will keep you from being ineffective and unproductive in your knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.” 2 Peter 1:8
What are these qualities that Peter is talking about? Look back at verses 5-7. The list is: faith, goodness, knowledge, self-control, perseverance, godliness, mutual affection, and love.
It starts out with your faith in God and builds all the way up to love. Your faith is the base of everything. As it builds up you learn to correctly use what you know to build God’s kingdom.
In the end you need to be like God. Remember that God is love. His perfect love causes Him to do everything perfectly. Your goal needs to be the same as God’s goal–to build His kingdom and save the world. You cannot save the world, but you can bring people to Him.
These qualities are not something you just get a little bit and stop with. They need to be continually increasing. No person can say they are good enough; or have enough knowledge or self-control; or any of the other qualities. There is always room to increase in every one of the areas.
Each of these qualities can be built up at different levels at the same time. God may work on your perseverance (patience) one day and the next work on your knowledge. Be open to God’s direction.
All of these qualities together will keep you from being ineffective in doing what God desires you to do. If you feel like you are spinning your wheels and not getting anything done, check these qualities and see which may be lacking in your life at that time. Seek God daily to reveal to you what you need to learn for the day and how to grow more like Him.
Remember that God has given you everything you need to live a godly life (verse 3). It is because of that divine power you are told to build up these characteristics. Do not allow yourself to be kept back because of lack of growth. Look at that list of qualities daily and seek to grow in them.
I pray that today God will build you up more like Jesus every day; that you will take on the qualities of Jesus daily; that God will help you to be effective and productive in your work for Him; and that God will fill you with His perfect love to share with others.