1 Timothy 4-6

"There is great gain in godliness with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world and we cannot take anything out of the world; but if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content."         I Timothy 6:6-8, RSV 

Call me a freak (and I know that many of you will) but I like math. I like the fact that there are laws to mathematics that cannot be broken. Because of this, two plus two will always equal four. Because of this three plus one will always equal four. Because of this, two times two will always equal four. These principles do not contradict each other, they compliment each other. It doesn't matter if you agree with these principles or not - they will still always be true!.

God's word is even better! If He says that those who believe and are baptized will be saved, then they will be saved! If He says that those who confess that Jesus is Lord will be saved, then they will be saved! If He says that we will be saved by grace through faith, then we will be saved by grace through faith. If He tells us that if we repent of our sins and are baptized that we will receive forgiveness of our sins and the gift of the Holy Spirit, then we will.

These principles do not contradict each other - they complement each other! And. like the principles of mathematics, it does not matter if you agree with God's principles or not - they will still always be true!

That's why the passage above is so important. You see, most people think that they can only have great gain if they have certain physical things (especially money - lots and lots of money!), but their belief does not change the principle. The principle is that godliness with contentment is great gain. The wise will not fight this principle - they will embrace it.

And, if they will not put their trust in money or any other physical pursuit, they will be content!

"Keep your life free from the love of money and be content with what you have; for He has said, 'I will never fail you nor forsake you.'" Hebrews 13:5, RSV