Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. 1Timothy 6:6-7 NKJV
Godliness is living in relationship with Jesus. It is living according to God’s will. Godliness is allowing Jesus to form His life in us and live out His life through us.
The things that make us unique did not occur by random chance, accident or evolution. God created us just as we are. Jesus is in the process of molding us and shaping us into the people He created us to be.
We have all admired other people. We may have wished we could be like them. Some of us wish we were taller or thinner. Perhaps you wish you were smarter. Many of us wish we had more money. We could go on and on until we become bitter and resentful.
God created each of us in His image and likeness. He created us just as we are for a purpose and as part of His eternal plan. God wants us to be content with who we are and what we have. Jesus wants us to seek Him first before all other things.
Lust is never satisfied. It must be continually fed. If we set our hearts on the desire for just a little bit more a little bit more will never be enough. God wants us to set our hearts and desires on living a life of godliness!
The Lord does not expect us to be perfect. He does want us to have the desire to love Him perfectly. We do not have to live in fear of failing to live up to God’s expectations. Perfect love casts out fear. We are not perfect. God’s love for us is perfect!
Jesus wants us to learn to be content with what we have so we can focus on things of eternal value. God does not want us to be envious or resentful of people who have more than us. The desire to have more can bring about division among God’s people.
There was a time when I was in a booming industry surrounded by people who seemed to be on the way to fame and fortune. The economy went into a tailspin. My money grew wings and flew away. I was left with a mountain of debt and a damaged reputation.
All my work to achieve the American dream was a waste of time. The American dream is a myth invented by salesmen to induce buyers.
Nothing happens by random chance or accident. God freed me from the lust for just a little more. Jesus gave me the desire for more of Him. Jesus was all I ever needed.
If your set your heart on godliness you will discover the true riches of God’s kingdom. The love of God and peace that surpasses the wisdom of the wise and the circumstances of life cannot be earned. They can be yours through faith in a loving God who gives us what we need when we need it!
If God is all you need you will always have enough!
Joyfor2day daily devotional goes out over the internet to thousands of people all over the world five days a week