1 Timothy 6:6-10 “But godliness actually 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. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.”
The love of money is a root of all sorts of evil because with money, the covetous and discontented heart can feed itself through any and everything that can be purchased. The tenth commandment tells us to not covet. Yet our hearts scream out thou shall covet!
The reason why Paul tells us that godliness with contentment is great gain is because some false teachers would put on a cloak of godliness so that they could increase the size of their pocketbooks. Paul tells us that godliness is a means of great gain, but only when it is accompanied by contentment.
We bring nothing at all into this world. When we die, we can take nothing with us. Truth is the one thing we carry along on our journey. You and I are to be more concerned with desiring truth than desiring money.
- What are the two things we learn a person should be content with?
- Do you find that you are content with these two things?
- What may happen if I do not seek to pluck out my covetous eye, or cut off my covetous arm?