The Commandment of Contentment
I Timothy 6:6-8
Intro: I remember as a child how that life was so much more simple. And people were happier.
People used to think being “bored” was a good thing.
They talked. They sat around and snapped peas, crocheted blankets, whittled sticks.
My Papa would make me flutes and whistles out of bamboo.
It never occurred to me that he was “bored”.
We used to pile up in the pickup truck and take the garbage up to the dumpsters for fun.
We watched the “bug zapper”.
We climbed trees. We built “huts”.
I’ve heard the word “bored” more in the last 3 weeks than I ever have.
Let me tell you something – I haven’t been bored since I was about 8 years old.
I told my mama I was “bored”, and she fixed me for life. I never used that word again.
Some of you kids using that word need to take a peek in your closet. Look at your chest of drawers.
Some of you ladies need to open your closets and see if maybe you have a reason to be “bored”.
Some of you men need to look in your garage, or your tool shed and utilized this downtime.
I got tired yesterday making a mental list of things people can do to keep from getting “bored”.
We’ve gotten so accustomed to running the roads 24/7 that people can’t even function anymore.
Relax. Take it easy. Stay home. It’s the Governor’s orders!
I. The Boundaries of Contentment – vs. 6
- I Timothy 6:6 But godliness with contentment
Paul is not talking about being contented with ungodliness.
Paul is not talking about being comfortable with a life of carnality
Paul is not talking about being satisfied with a life of sin.
In fact, a person living in sin CANNOT be truly content.
- 32 But whoso committeth adultery with a woman lacketh understanding: he that doeth it destroyeth his own soul.
- 33 A wound and dishonour shall he get; and his reproach shall not be wiped away.
- 34 For jealousy is the rage of a man: therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.
- 35 He will not regard any ransom; neither will he rest content, though thou givest many gifts.
I don’t believe we should ever be content with our level of godliness.
We should desire more and more of God, His presence, His power, His performance in our lives.
- Proverbs 30:15 There are three things that are never satisfied, yea, four things say not, It is enough: The grave; and the barren womb; the earth that is not filled with water; and the fire that saith not, It is enough.
The sign of being on fire is you can’t get enough!!
We should not be content with our prayer life. (PRAY WITHOUT CEASING!)
We should not be content with our production of fruit. (30 fold, 60 fold or 100 fold)
- SEE John 15:2 Every branch in me that beareth not fruit he taketh away: and every branch that beareth fruit, he purgeth it, that it may bring forth more fruit.
How much fruit should we bear? More!! How much more? Until there is MUCH fruit!!
We should not be content with the extent of our soulwinning. (every creature; bringing his sheaves)
We should not be content with our level of ministry. (the house of Stephanas addicted themselves…)
We should not be content with our praise and worship. (Let everything that hath breath; everything that is within me)
II. The Basis of Contentment
- 1 Timothy 6:8 And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.
Don’t have a testimony (conversation) of being miserable; bored; dissatisfied; unhappy, discontent.
- Hebrews 13:5 Let your conversation be without covetousness; and be content with such things as ye have: for he hath said, I will never leave thee, nor forsake thee
Unsaved people are miserable. God’s people shouldn’t be!
LOOK AT Matthew 6:25-34
You can live with a lot less than you realize.
SEE …7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out.
- 12 Then came also publicans to be baptized, and said unto him, Master, what shall we do?
- 13 And he said unto them, Exact no more than that which is appointed you.
- 14 And the soldiers likewise demanded of him, saying, And what shall we do? And he said unto them, Do violence to no man, neither accuse any falsely; and be content with your wages.
Money does not make you happy. A man making 10 million a year is not happier than a man making 9 million!
Is it wrong to want to make more money? Only if you’re miserable until you do!
Is it wrong to want a better paying job? Only if you work half-hearted now for what you ARE making.
Is it wrong to want a better life for your family? Only if that consumes you and defines your joy and peace.
III. The Blessing of Contentment – vs. 6 …great gain. (wealth)
Contentment is a blessed state of existence that many Christians never experience.
- Philippians 4:11 Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.
It is a learning process.
And you can only learn it by finding out what you can live without!
You can only achieve this knowledge by learning what is really not important.
Today, we are re-defining “ESSENTIAL”.
Athletes are not essential. Movie stars are not essential.
Truck drivers are essential. Cashiers are essential. Nurses and doctors are essential.
Learning what is essential and what is not is a real blessing.
He’s All I Need!!!
- Philippians 4:12 – I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.