Religion does make a person very rich, if he is satisfied with what he has. (1 Tim 6:6 GNB)
We can talk eloquently about contentment, but at the end of the day, we want more. I like the expression in the Good News Bible: “Well, religion does make a person very rich, if he is satisfied with what he has” (1 Tim 6:6 GNB).
Handling the lack of contentment is one of the greatest challenges of life. Paul gives three pointers for learning contentment: a reasoning, basic requirements, and a warning.
The reasoning for contentment is that “We brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we carry nothing out” (1 Tim 6:7 NKJV). At the end of our lives, when our net worth is calculated, money will not be a criteria.
The basic requirements for us in this life is to have food and clothing. When we learn to be content with those basic requirements, we can say that one is truly wealthy.
Paul also gives a clear warning to those who desire to be rich. Such a desire simply lures a person into numerous traps that ensnare and ultimately destroy the person.
“But godliness with contentment is great gain.” Contentment will completely change you. You will never be the same. It will be great gain, you will be wealthy.
Who are the truly rich people? The godly ones who are satisfied with what they have. So religion is a great way to become wealthy – for those who are satisfied with what they have.
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