1 Timothy 6:6-8
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.
Today’s Inspiration: Godliness with contentment is great gain. If we have food and clothing we should be contented in all circumstances. 1 Timothy 6:6, 8. We bring nothing to the world and we return with nothing. V7. The most important thing in life is to fight a good fight of faith and cling on tightly to eternal life to which we have been called. V12.
Godliness consists of two distinct but complementary traits- God-centeredness, which is total devotion to God and the other is Godlikeness, which is Christian character. We may express reverence to God and lift our hands to worship Him but genuineness of our devotion to God is the earnest desire and sincere effort to be like him. Paul’s goal was not only wanting to know Christ and the power of His Resurrection but to be like Him, so he pursued with much intensity towards that goal. We should do likewise. Clothing ourselves with compassion, humility, kindness, gentleness and patience are important traits to adopt as God’s chosen people. Colossians 3:12.
Our first prerogative in life should be our total devotion to God which includes fear of God, love of God and desire of God. Often our motive is more self-centered than God-centered. More often than not, we want to maintain our reputation before others, feel good about ourselves or even seek to do good things which have been instilled in us since childhood. This motivation is not God-centered.
To prove if our motivation is God-centeredness, God has to put us to a test, which we called it faith like Abraham’s test on sacrificing Isaac. Actually it was the fear of God that proved his devotion to God that pleases God. Genesis 22:12.
Jesus emphasised Godward motivation in his teaching of the two greatest commandments in Matthew 22:37-40. He was teaching that all the commandments depend on the motivation of love prescribed in these two commandments. The fear of consequences may keep us from committing outward action that are in rebellion to God but only devotion to God through Love of God will keep our hearts pure by not having revengefulness, slanderousness and adulterous or murderous acts in our hearts. Having premeditated evil deeds are considered heart sins to God.
Our interpersonal relationships such as mutual submission to one another in Ephesians 5:21, submission to human authority for the Lord’s sake in Romans 13:1 and every deed on Earth including the words that we speak must be done out of reverence for Christ. We are to keep ourselves pure and not to share in the sins of others by joining hands with them against our brethren. 1 Timothy 5:22.
Good deeds are obvious and even those deeds that are not cannot be hidden. V24. So pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. If our actions are to be pleasing to God, they must be done out of a sense of devotion to God. Hence devotion is not only to meditate, pray and Bible study as well as worship but requires outward action with Total devotion to God that includes fear of God, love of God and desire of God. God be praised!