Sacrificial Generosity

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Jesus = Contentment = Great Gain

by
Scott Benson

Ask God to speak as you interact with today's Scripture and devotional.

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.” — 1 Timothy 6:6-10
“… I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.” — Philippians 4:11-13 

“More … Never Enough” always seems to be the heartbeat of our consumeristic culture. It’s fascinating to note how something new and improved can so easily move from a want to a need in our thoughts and feelings. But Paul’s fresh perspective on how we brought nothing into and will take nothing out of this world provides the wisdom we need whenever we’re becoming too eager for money. He pulls no punches in soberly warning us about the foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.And his comment about people who have “wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs” should quickly arrest our attention. 

But if you’re wondering how Paul learned to be content whatever the circumstances, listen to this insight from the Life Application Study Bible: “Paul was content because he could see life from God's point of view. He focused on what he was supposed to do, not what he felt he should have. Paul had his priorities straight, and he was grateful for everything God had given him. Paul had detached himself from the nonessential so that he could concentrate on the eternal.” 

The secret to Paul’s focus on the eternal was Jesus. Jesus was the source of his contentment and strength. With Jesus, Paul had enough. With Jesus, Paul didn’t need anything more. Let’s join Paul in saying, “With Jesus, I have enough. With Jesus, I don’t need anything more!”

reflect

Answer the questions below and write down any other thoughts and prayers to God in your Life in Rhythm journal.

  1. How does the allure of new and improved things affect your life? 
  2. How are you able to discern whether something is a want or a need in your life? 
  3. How does your relationship with Jesus help you stay focused on the eternal? 
  4. Today, what would it look like for you to say (and believe), “With Jesus, I have enough. With Jesus, I don’t need anything more”? 

Go deeper (optional)

Every day you'll have an opportunity to "go deeper" into God's Word by practicing the REAP study method. Read the following scripture and use your journal and the REAP method to unpack the following scripture and apply it to your life.

1 Timothy 6:6-12
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