Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.
(1 Timothy 6:7-8, NIV)

A friend who had the opportunity to work in a global company outside the country for a few months shared with me how he declined the lush house that the company offered, took his housing allowance and found accommodation that was significantly cheaper. He did that so that he will have more money when he returned to Ghana. By being content with less while there, he had more once he returned.

The situation of the Christian on earth is similar to that of my friend while he lived and worked outside since we are pilgrims and sojourners (See 1 Peter 2:11). Like my friend, every resource we have can be spent on improving our present living conditions or investing in our future existence. When we learn to be content with little, we free up our resources to invest in our eternal future and thereby gain greatly.

The issue is great gain not just gain. My friend would still have had some gain if he had used up all his housing allowance since he was paid a salary in addition to the allowance. By learning to be content with less while he lived there, though, he increased his gain. Godliness with contentment is great gain! Whatever your gain, you can always increase it by learning to be content.

Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.

(1 Timothy 6:17-19, NIV)

“It is what we give up, not what we lay up that adds to our lasting store.

(Hosea Ballus)