“But godliness with contentment is great gain. But 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” 1 timothy 6:6.
LIGHT FOR NOW: A proper understanding of who you are in Christ guarantees your contentment in life.
Understanding your identity or who you are in Christ is the best and greatest discovery in life. Without a perfect understanding of your identity in Christ, you will live in false hope. Proper understanding of who you are in Christ which is your salvation through faith comes by your understanding the scriptures. 2 Timothy 3:15 says, “And that from a child, thou hast known the holy scriptures, which are able to make thee wise unto salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus”. It is in the scriptures that a believer has understanding of salvation in Christ and also obtains freedom. It is only the scriptures that can make one wise. Being wise here does not refer to cunningness, ability to cause mischief or trick others.
Christianity is not measured or based on the abundance of material things which a man has. This means that your true status is not described by what you have. You are not what you have. Material things do not define a believer. The value of a believer does not consist in things. To think that way is fallacy. It is who you are in Christ that defines you and not what you have. If you as a believer do not know your content (Christ lives in you and you live in Him), you will begin to measure up and compare yourself with people and allow their success to intimidate you.
Luke 12:15 says, “And he said unto them, take heed and beware of covetousness: for a man’s life consisteth not in the abundance of the things which he possesseth”. Life is not measured by how much you have. A person can have everything but those material things do not change him. By knowing who you are in Christ, you will begin to think right and do right as well. As a believer, knowing who you are in Christ, you begin to express the power that you have in His name (Colossians 2:9-10 NLT). Knowing who you are in Christ is your greatest wealth because this is what helps to build you. You must remember that there is a power that works in you as a believer and it is Christ in you that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think (Ephesians 3:20). As a believer, you must know your worth in Christ. To have material blessings is not a proof of faith in God.
INSTRUCTION: Be contented with what you have.
PRAYER: Lord, I receive contentment, in Jesus Name.
QUOTE: Competition is driven by fear and greed.
DAILY BIBLE READING: MORNING: MATTHEW 26; EVENING: 2 CHRONICLES CHAPTER 28