Godliness 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. And if we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8
What do contented people gain from godliness? If contentment indicates a state of satisfaction, how can we even want something more? The answer is as simple as it is profound: Contentment with our portion in the physical world leaves room in our souls to hunger for God and to rely on God. When we are not caught up in the relentless pursuit of ever larger bank accounts, houses, cars, or spheres of influence, we are free to pursue God and the fountain of goodness he pours into our lives. Sometimes we experience this goodness as creature comforts beyond food and clothing. But the hunger is not for these things, it is for God. It drives us to do whatever we need to do to get close to him, to experience more of him. The more we experience of him, the hungrier we become for more of what we have enjoyed. So “godliness” is the term we use to indicate a life lived seeking to gain the greatest of all treasures: God!
O Fount of Every Blessing, my heart sings your praise and hungers for more to praise you about. Grant me the grace to be content with the peripherals of life, so with all my heart I can seek to know you fully. Amen.