6 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NKJV)
Daily Reading Plan
1 Timothy 6:6-8 (NLT) — 6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 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. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.
1 Timothy 6:6-8 (MSG) — 6-8 A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.
Thoughts of Devotion:
We live in a world where we are constantly being driven to acquire and obtain more things than we really need. We see every day that materialism has invaded our society through a variety of media sources including television, radio, newspaper, and magazines. Most of these ads are for the purpose and intent that one will buy more goods, clothes, car, furniture, etc. An endless amount of things that if you think about it, we do not need them. But the sad thing is that some are driven to shop only to have them and feel fulfilled in life.
The Apostle Paul comes to remind us that as human beings, we brought nothing into this world and we will take nothing with us into eternity. What a challenge this truth is of those that let greed seed sprout in their hearts. We remind them once again that statement, we enter this world with nothing and we will leave this world with nothing! We pray this morning that the Lord help us to never let greed dominate our hearts and minds. Let’s make a personal effort to not allow to be influenced by the ways of this world in 2016. Ask God for a firm determination to go against the current.
When everyone seems to just go with what the world imposes on them, we must be willing to be different. Breaking a culture of greed! Pray that in our hearts we have a sincere cry to the Lord. A cry for freedom from covetousness that could make roots in our hearts. And finally, we are invited to thank God for what we have this morning. Do not just think about what we don’t have and need. But our hearts be always grateful for what we have. Paul says, “So, we have food and clothing, be content with that.” Thank you Lord !.
Psalm 37:16 (NKJV) — 16 A little that a righteous man has Is better than the riches of many wicked.
Proverbs 15:16 (NKJV) — 16 Better is a little with the fear of the Lord, Than great treasure with trouble.
Philippians 3:7-8 (NKJV) — 7 But what things were gain to me, these I have counted loss for Christ. 8 Yet indeed I also count all things loss for the excellence of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord, for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and count them as rubbish, that I may gain Christ
Luke 12:31 (NKJV) — 31 But seek the kingdom of God, and all these things shall be added to you.
Ecclesiastes 5:15-16 (NKJV) — 15 As he came from his mother’s womb, naked shall he return, To go as he came; And he shall take nothing from his labor Which he may carry away in his hand. 16 And this also is a severe evil— Just exactly as he came, so shall he go. And what profit has he who has labored for the wind?
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