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Contentment #5 — Naked Contentment

Godliness is a means of great gain, when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. And if we have food and covering, with these we should be content. … But many who have longed for money have wandered away from the faith. 1 Timothy 6:6-10

Contentment energizes godliness. So we should bend every effort to be content. For “godliness holds promise for life now and for the life to come.” If we seek first to live under the rule of the King and according to his rules, we will receive what we need for this life: houses and farms and mothers and sisters and brothers, even our daily bread; and in the age to come eternal life. To gain the contentment necessary to the success of our godliness, we should consider living in a way that will minimize our distractions. Remembering our condition at birth and looking forward to our condition at death will help keep us focused. Since life with God in the age to come will require none of the accouterments we obtain for our lives on this earth he wants us to trust him now, because this will make us fit for the fellowship of eternal life. Longing for more now distracts us from longing for everything God will provide for us in Christ in eternity. Minimum content, maximum contentment.

Father, when I was born, I was dependent on you for everything. Keep me trusting in you, fully content with your way in my life, so that when Jesus returns, I’ll be ready. Amen.


2 thoughts on “Contentment #5 — Naked Contentment

  1. Another good one, Doug. This one reminds me much of the end of Niebuhr’s Serenity Prayer, which I didn’t know about until it was pointed out by a friend.

    Trusting that he will make all things right if I surrender to His will, That I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with Him forever in the next.

    Or as you said it, Fit for the fellowship of eternal life.

    Since I’ve got you on the line, I’d ask you to pray as I meet this Thursday with Matt’s lead pastor, Dave Browning, about joining his resource team as pastor to the pastors of the 20+ Christ The King churches in the area. He and I have been talking about it for a couple of months; Thursday he’ll introduce me to the other resource folks. Thanks Doug.


    Posted by ted & linda pampeyan | 9 October 2012, 11:00

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