Posted by: SandreS | June 16, 2009

Great Gain

Godliness with contentment is great gain (I Timothy 6:6).

The real value in life is not to be found in the possessions or the value systems of this world. All that this world has to offer, Paul refers to as “uncertain riches.”

To this the wisdom of Solomon speaks:

Wilt thou set thine eyes upon that which is not? For riches certainly make themselves wings; they fly away as an eagle toward heaven (Proverbs 23:5).

For riches are not for ever: and doth the crown endure to every generation? (Proverbs 27:24).

Just what is real and lasting gain then? “Great gain” is godliness joined with contentment.

Godliness + Contentment = Great Gain

The believer’s bottom line is not Capital Gains, but the “Great Gain” of the Divine viewpoint.

Here is what our apostle wrote concerning “Great Gain” in its full context:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all [kinds of] evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses (I Timothy 6:6-12).

Clyde L. Pilkington, Jr.
Bible Student’s Notebook


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