1 Timothy 6:6 KJV
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.”
For example, we see something on sale and we are tempted to buy. We see something sparkly and nice, and we buy. We see this and that and we think, Oh! This would go great with the other one I just bought! I must get this! So we buy.
And we’re always tempted to buy just one more.
I have experienced this intense need to purchase. Otherwise, I’d go home and regret not buying them.
There you have it: not content, always wanting more. Wanting even when you could afford to not buy them. You might not even need them.
Now, getting back to our shopping trip. My six-year old nephew only wanted one certain item. Once he got it, he was satisfied. Nothing else could tempt him. He even insisted on holding his own bag of purchase.
Just like a child, with the simplicity of their nature, they are content with the little they had.
Philippians 4:11 KJV
“Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.”
So when I asked him, “Do you want anything else? A new shirt?”
He replied, “No.”
Such conviction in one so young. He was peeking eagerly inside the shopping bag which held his purchase. He looked quite content.
Hebrews 13:5 KJV
“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.”
I said again, “Look! Your cousins each bought a new dress or two. Don’t you want something new to wear too? For Christmas?”
He replied dismissively, “My mommy will buy for me.” Then he giggled and pointed at my nieces who were still looking through the dresses on sale.
Clearly, my nephew didn’t care one way or the other that he got a new shirt. Oh to be a child and not worry about wearing something new for Christmas.
So what is the secret of contentment? It is Godliness.
What is Godliness? Having the nature of a pure, innocent child teaches us a lot about it. The sparkly, shiny things don’t tempt us. What we have is enough. If we don’t want or need something, then why covet it? Why be jealous of others who have it?
Be content. It is great gain indeed.