Godliness with Contentment

Lee Han Meng

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Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:3-10

1 Timothy 6:3-10
 

What are false teachers
What is true contentment
Why is money dangerous

 

This passage prepares us to face the challenges to come from MCO.

 

False teaching
Hey, what's that got to do with us? We actually live in a world awash with fake news.

In a time of confusion and stress from lockdown, we need to...

- listen to sound doctrine. Sound, or healthy, teaching comes from Jesus. This leads to flourishing of the Kingdom of God.

- discern unsound doctrine. For example, if people just say faith equals prosperity, it is unsound. Isn't it ridiculous for a pastor to ask for private jet? But unsound doctrine is usually more subtle. Look for people who major in minors. "Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words."

- focus on what is primary truth, not strife that "stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions."
1 Timothy 6:4

 

False teaching feeds discontentment. 

Lord what are the sources for our listening and seeing?
Do we feel internal strife within us?

 

What is true contentment

The lockdown: what better time to learn about contentment!

In Phil 4, Paul was under lockdown, literally. He knew the secret of facing abundance and need. Wow. What's the secret?

1. Know that there is nothing wrong to improve our situation in life. But the insatiable need for more is a huge mistake. 

2. We can be content if we have food and clothing. Monk asks: do you need anything?

3. We can be content that we are alive. To live is Christ, to die is gain, says Paul. What's the point of having a Mercedes Benz to carry our funeral casket and luggage?

4. We can be content with what we have. Accepting what we already have, and no more, teaches us "true godliness" ofr contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it.
1 Timothy 6:6‭-‬7 NLT

5. We can be content in times of struggle and pain. Because it is possible for God to use these things to shape us to become godly. 

Reflect:
Which of the five things above do you need to consider most this week?

 

Why is love of money dangerous?

Money has derailed so many people who wanted to follow Jesus: rich young ruler, Judas, Simon magus. 

The love of money will draw us away from contentment and godliness. How do we deal with money?

1. Know that wealth is not sinful. But how you use money determines your direction toward or away from your true Master. 

2. Hold fast to sound doctrine and godliness to guide us in how we use money. We especially need this reminder as we face financial and mental health. Otherwise we become "people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction."

3. Consider the purpose and root reasons for why we make or use money. Is it for love of God and neighbor? Or is it for love of money?
"For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows."
1 Timothy 6:9‭-‬10 NLT

Reflect:
You could share these things with God and with your family...

 

 

1. In what ways have God been faithful to you since the time of MCO? How have you experienced his love in little things?

2. Notice the things that are causing worry, strife and dissent in your thoughts and heart. Name these things to the Lord.

3. Craft a simple prayer thanking God for what you have, and no more. Name these things to God and to each other.