A Christian’s gain

Contentment has been relegated to the rear of the church today; it has been mistaken for mediocrity, lack of revelation and an evidence of demonic affliction. Our greed, covetousness, and lasciviousness now wear the costume of ‘prosperity’, ‘overflow’ and the likes. Godliness is now being perceived merely as a means of ‘great gain’ (to amass a lot of material and quantifiable ‘blessings’).
This is what Paul warned Timothy against in 1 Timothy 6. “For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it.” (1 Tim 6:7) is a New Testament teaching which settles well with the teaching of Jesus in Luke 12:15; “Take heed and beware of covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses.”
Should a Christian be poor? No! Did Jesus have to die for us to wear the latest designer perfume and drive the most luxurious cars? No! And I am not saying a Christian is to be in-between rich and poor either. A Christian should be contented; we should learn with Paul in whatever state we are, to be content (from the Greek word ‘Autarkes’ which means ‘to be sufficient of one’s self; needing no aid’ or ‘independent of external circumstances’ or ‘satisfied with one’s lot’) (Phil. 4:11)
Contentment is not just for those that do not have; it is also for those who have in abundance, that we might all know that our sufficiency and satisfaction does not come from what we have or do not have, but comes from who we are in Christ Jesus (which Paul refers to in 1 Timothy chapter 6 as godliness). Godliness is itself great gain, it is profitable to all things; and, wherever there is true godliness, there will be contentment (which is an independence of external circumstances and possessions). A Christian’s gain is godliness with contentment, this is the true way to gain, and it is, in fact, the greatest gain!
Who we are in Christ Jesus is exceedingly more than enough to meet our needs day or night, and wherever we may be, yet, who we are in Christ Jesus cannot be computed, measured nor proven by our material provision and possessions.