A Study of Godliness and Contentment from the Pastoral Epistles
“But godliness with contentment is great gain” (1 Tim. 6:6, KJV).
The last time I wrote for SI, I wrote about something big—mega-ministry. I tried to show that God can do great and mighty things in and through us, no matter the size of our congregation. Today, I write about something else that is big. In the passage I quoted above, the apostle Paul said that “godliness with contentment is great gain.” The word great is the Greek word “megas,” and the word gain speaks of “an acquisition.” Most of us will never be able to participate in a multi-billion-dollar corporate acquisition, but according to this verse, godliness with contentment comprises a “mega-acquisition.” By God’s grace we can and must have godliness with contentment in our lives.
The Importance of Godliness
Godliness is a reverence and respect for God that manifests itself in a life that brings glory to His name. There’s hardly a week that goes by that we are not made aware of some case of moral collapse in the family of God. The practice of godliness is the need of the hour for every believer. Notice some things Paul said about godliness in his two letters to Timothy.
Prayer is a necessary practice for godly living.
In 1 Timothy 2:1-2, Paul said, “I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.” Godly people will make prayer a priority in their lives. I often ask the people at Calvary Baptist Church what they think is the most important thing we do. Some say evangelism. Others say discipleship. I always remind them that prayer is the most important thing we do.
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