What keeps you from being content?

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Contentment

Why is it that, no matter where we are, we dream of going somewhere else? Somehow we feel cheated if we haven’t seen or done it all. Past generations, such as those without TV, didn’t seem to struggle so much. Perhaps they had no idea what they were missing. Whatever the reason, contentment seems to be a thing of the past. Paul told Timothy the marks of false teachers need to be recognized (vv. 3-5). The first sign of the false teachers was their “doctrine,” that which was not according to the  Word of God (v. 3). We are instructed not to deny, add to or take away from God’s Word. The second sign was pride (v. 4), one filled with himself. “The fear of the Lord is to hate evil pride, and arrogancy. The third sign was his words (v. 4) (Prov. 8:13). The words of a false teacher bring disputes, envy, strife and evil doing. Instead, you and I are to edify one another (Eph. 4;29).

Paul tells Timothy that true godliness with contentmentis something every man should seek after (v. 6). This contentment makes one independent of outward circumstances because of his inner resources. This means he will be able to maintain a proper attitude in the midst of unfavorable as well as favorable circumstances. We did not bring anything into this world at birth and we will not take anything out of it when we die (v. 7). We need to learn to be satis­fied when our actual needs of food, clothing and shel­ter are met (v. 8). Many get sidetracked and waste their lives just seeking to accumulate money and the things it will buy (v.9). Money in itself is not evil but when a person makes it his chief motive for living it becomes evil (v. 10).

Application

I need to focus on the things that really bring me lasting happiness. What are some things that only bring temporary satisfaction. What are the things God says I need to be content (v. 8)?    

I Timothy 6:3-10 (English Standard Version)

If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.

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