Sometimes when you’re reading the Bible, you can blow past phrases that are so simple you actually miss how profound they are. For me, one of those comes in 1 Timothy 6, as Paul warns his young protégé, Timothy, against the spiritual dangers of pursuing wealth, beginning with this admonition in v. 6: “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
It’s so easy to underestimate the depth of Paul’s teaching here, in part because it’s so self-evidently true: godliness is good. So is contentment. And growing in both is a good thing. Despite the deceptively simple thrust of Paul’s teaching, however, growing in both of these things, godliness and contentment, is hardly a simple or sure thing. Today I’d like to focus a bit on the latter.
The Grass Isn’t Greener
I’m not naturally a content person. It’s far easier for me to fixate on what I don’t have than what God has graciously given me. I’m sure I’m not alone in that, given the fact that we live in a…