Verse of the Day Devotion: 1 Timothy 6:7
“For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.” – 1 Timothy 6:7
This seems like an obvious statement, however, when we look into this verse a bit, it says a lot more than what many have seen. Let us first look at the verse just prior to this one. “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.” 1 Timothy 6:6. When we live a godly life, we are living as He has commissioned us to live. We make God our ultimate priority, we live as He has called us to live, we share the gospel with all who need to hear it, we love everyone, seeing them as more important than ourselves. These are but a few of the characteristics of a godly life. And when we find ourselves content in living this life then we receive great gain from our Father. However, this is not mean in worldly possessions.
What Paul is referring to is a life content with what we have, no matter how little that may be. If we are satisfied with what God provides, then we will not be looking at how we can get more things, but how we can strengthen the relationship we have with God. Looking forward we see a picture of what this means. “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.” 1 Timothy 6:8. If we have these basic resources, then we should be happy and content, because we also have access to the almighty God who desires to spend time with us. Contentment has the idea of satisfaction. Whatever God’s provision is, in that we should be content / satisfied. Remember God’s promise to us as stated again by Paul. “And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19. God will provide all of our needs. If He does not provide it, then we really do not need it. Often, we say we need something when in reality we just want it. And He did not say He would provide our wants, though He may. But He did say He will provide our needs.
Now, back to our focus verse. When we were born, we could not bring anything into this world. He created us and placed us in our mother’s womb. Everything we have then is provided after we are born. And likewise, we cannot take anything of this world with us when we die. No matter how much importance we place upon it, we must leave it behind. This is so because these things are not actually necessary in the next life, whether it be in Heaven or the lake of fire. And to be perfectly honest, they are not all the important here also. I am not saying our possessions are bad, I am saying that we place too much importance on them. As Christians, what really matters is our relationship with God Almighty. Things do not really matter that much, except for as Paul said to the Timothy food and covering. He will provide what we need to live here and to fulfill His calling on us.
It is a good idea sometimes to examine ourselves regarding what we find important, and if we discover we desire or place too much attention on ‘worldly things’ than maybe we need to make adjustments with the help of or Father in heaven. God is to be of ultimate importance, and we need to be content with what He provides us while here in this life. He will provide our needs. Let us not be dissatisfied because we do not have certain things found here. Be content with God and His provisions. The satisfaction we will have will be worth much more than anything the world has to offer.
William Funkhouser MDiv, ThD, Founder and President of True Devotion Ministries.