Godliness with Contentment

Read:  I Timothy 6:6-10
 
This week for my midweek meditation I am continuing to share devotionals from our church’s current 30 Days of Generosity material.  This meditation was written by Kathlee Leadley.
 
“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.”  1 Timothy 6:10
An ambitious businessman who survived the 2001 World Trade Center disaster said, “I have now learned to hold all things loosely.” Hopefully it won’t take a tragedy such as this for the rest of us to learn the biblical principle of holding things loosely.  In this letter, Paul warns the young pastor Timothy against false teachings that were prominent in the church at Ephesus and specifically the wrong-headed notion that godliness leads to financial wealth.
 
“No,” Paul wrote, “It is godliness with contentment that leads to great gain” (verse 6). The word “content” in Greek refers to a perfect condition in life. In 2 Corinthians 9:8, the same word describes a sufficiency in the necessities of life. Contentment is one of the greatest assets in life.  Real contentment comes when we switch our service from things, to God only.
 
Paul stresses that the love of money is a starting place of all evils. Let me emphasize: Money is neither good nor bad, but the love of it may lead to all kinds of evil. Being entrusted with financial wealth brings great responsibility, and we can exercise that responsibility for both good and for evil. The Jewish rabbis have a saying: “Who is rich? He who is contented with his lot.”
 
Pray:  Heavenly Father, today I ask for the gift of contentment. Set me free from the love of money so I can love you more fully. Replace my selfishness with a spirit of gratitude, and teach me to hold onto the things of this world loosely. Amen.
Make it Personal:  Take out a piece of paper and list the things of this world that you can let go of now. Tuck the list into the back of this booklet. Check back at the end of the month to see if you have begun to let go of the items on your list.
 
Have a blessed and generous week everyone, Glen Rhodes, Arthur Mennonite Church