Godliness with Contentment is Great Gain
1 Timothy 6:2B-12
Primary Truth Taught
Covetousness promises great gain but only godliness with contentment IS great gain.
The Ten Commandments begin with…you shall have no other gods before Me, God told Moses. In our fallen reasoning we have often explained this commandment as not having any gods ahead of or before as in order of first importance, before God. What this commandment states, however, is that we are not to have any gods before God literally, in God’s sight, in front of Him for Him to see.
This command is not saying that you can have God first and then a few lesser gods/idols in the mix. No other gods…period!
I open with this first commandment because this is one of the most powerful antidotes to covetousness. Loving God supremely and being deeply content in all Jesus Christ is for us is how we fight against the deadly sin of coveting.
Human Need Met
One of our greatest needs in the Christian life is to pursue godliness with contentment, craving it over the cravings for sinful desires we often have. In this passage, we’ll see the empty promises the world offers us. We’ll see that they never deliver what they promise. We’ll see that one will NEVER be content with the things of the world, ever. In fact, the sin of covetousness will bring us to destruction and eternal ruin.