“But godliness actually 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. If we have food and covering, with these shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness. Fight the good fight; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called…" 1st Timothy 6:6-12
Contentment is being inwardly happy with what I have currently, not what I hope to have one day. If my life energy is derived in the pursuit of dreams of what might be, then I will live as a fooled man. Life and the joy that follows is found in the present. The future is God’s dominion. I awake in the morning to my Father’s voice calling me out of my darkness to His glorious light. Godliness is pursuing God’s will and feeling His pleasure over me. It sounds like hearing His voice of approval. It is the greatest gift. And this pursuit sees life through the lens of contentment.
Contentment says receive, don’t expect. I entered this world dependent, in desperate need of my parents love and care. I grew up, and the aged-old root of sin whispered to me that I could make a life for myself. The lie was and still is, “I can be sufficient on my own.” THIS is the battle to live as God’s sons and daughters. When I wake up and begin to engage my day, do I live from a place of contentment for what God has already freely given me, secure that my Father gives good gifts to His children, or do I embrace the chaos of striving to save my life? Destruction is the mark of a life lived serving one’s own agenda. The outward appearance might be one of happiness surrounded in riches, but that kind of life is stacked like a house of cards, full of potential to fall hard at the slightest quake.
My foundation is build upon the rock of my Father’s goodness, faith in a Father who loves me unconditionally. My Father’s Kingdom is my pursuit. And my heart burns for my generation to enter into the goodness and peace from His hand.