“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So, if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” (1 Timothy 6:6-8 NLT)
During the funeral of a wealthy man, someone asked, “How much did he leave behind?” Hearing the question, another person quickly replied, “Everything!” Regardless of how much we may accumulate in this life, we will take a single cent of it with us when they die. On the other side of the grave, the only worth anyone will be able to claim is the wealth they have in Jesus.
Whenever I hear about great amounts of money, I sometimes find myself thinking – “What would I do if I had a million dollars?” But after a few moments of daydreaming, a million doesn’t seem like enough. Let’s make it two-million; no, ten-million; no, a hundred-million; no, why not a billion! I have read that Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft, is the world’s richest man and is estimated to be worth over fifty-billion dollars! What could we do in life if we had that much money?
Such a vast amount of money is more than most of us can imagine. Yet such a vast amount of money is not enough to bring us true happiness or contentment. Scripture tells us that ‘godliness with contentment is itself great wealth.’ To know Christ as our Savior, and to be satisfied with all that He provides, is the greatest wealth any of us can ever hope to obtain.
Consider our wealth in Christ:
In Christ, we have complete forgiveness of all of our sins.
In Christ, we have the privilege of talking directly to God.
In Christ, we have a divine Comforter who is able to console us in all of our troubles.
In Christ, we have the promise that all of our daily needs will be met.
In Christ, we have the fellowship of God the Father, God the Son and God the Spirit.
In Christ, we know that all things will work together for our good and His glory.
In Christ, we have the wisdom and ability to choose between good and evil.
In Christ, we have the hope of eternal life.
In Christ, we have everything that pertains to life and godliness.
True godliness with contentment is itself great wealth