It is easy to get caught up in our own actions and desires to succeed in this world. We are often told from a young age that we can do anything that we put our minds to. We are told not to let anyone hold us back or tell us that we cannot do something. We are told to work hard and we will succeed in life. These encouragements are good, but they are only half true. The full truth is that without God these things are all possible in our own strength, but contentment will not follow. If; however, we do these things with God we can learn to be content, even if we do not obtain all that we had desired at one point.
1 Timothy 6:6-10
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.
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.
Is this saying that we should not work hard then and attempt to gain wealth? Absolutely not, it is saying that if wealth is the focus and not God that our actions and desires to obtain wealth can quickly draw us away from God until we are only following our desire to obtain stuff and not God. Verse six starts out by saying that “true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.” Have you experienced contentment or do you continually search to make the next dollar or just a couple more so that you will have enough? If you do not learn be content you will miss out on the greatest thing in life, complete love and faith in Christ. There is nothing that can match the peace that contentment brings when you learn to completely rely upon the Creator.
Once you have learned to be content in all things, such as Paul, you have learned that there is no reason for worry, even when times are difficult.
How I praise the Lord that you are concerned about me again. I know you have always been concerned for me, but you didn’t have the chance to help me. Not that I was ever in need, for I have learned how to be content with whatever I have. I know how to live on almost nothing or with everything. I have learned the secret of living in every situation, whether it is with a full stomach or empty, with plenty or little. For I can do everything through Christ, who gives me strength. Even so, you have done well to share with me in my present difficulty.
1 Timothy 6:17-19
Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.
Our quest for security, happiness, joy, and true wealth can only be obtained by finding true security, happiness, joy, and wealth in Christ. Without God as our central focus we will chase the things of this world and completely miss out on the true blessings of life. We cannot and will not experience the fullness that God desires for us if we do not follow Him and learn to be content in Him alone. If your focus has been off, then redirect your focus to the one who can truly help you find peace in your life, Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace.
May God bless you in your walk with Him and may you experience financial freedom when you discover what true freedom really is.