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Is Godliness Possible?

A believer, in recovery, looking to the Bible to know who I am in Christ.

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Now godliness with contentment is great gain. - 1 Timothy 6:6

Contentment - an Under-appreciated Blessing

Contentment: what a blessing! Not feeling hassled, not feeling anxious, though the winds of trouble blow, content.

That comes straight from the Lord. As does godliness.

Yet, in my world, saying that I want to be godly seems self-righteous. Jesus was not self-righteous. He was humble and powerful. That's what I want. We have it so backwards!

In cinema and song, we have elevated unholy living to a place of worship. And the rock arenas fill with fans who idolize people prancing on stage often in mockery of their very own creator. This is my culture.

(How unusual it is for a movie to be about a loving married couple.)

But He has called me to be in the world yet not of the world. To be godly.

And knowing I am a child of God, that He is cleaning me up, that's contentment.

The Lord said to his people, the enemy is coming, but fear not; I am handling it. Contentment.

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He provides for me. He sustains me. He puts my feet on a solid rock.

Jesus Restores

He tells me to be godly. Godliness and contentment. They go together.

Here’s what happened: Adam's sin (my sin), made any hope of contentment be like trying to grab a handful of smoke.

Except... Jesus has restored this. Now, I can be both godly and content. I can know he is taking care of me, my family, my neighbors, my church, and my world.

If I am not content, I can ask Him and He answers. He might say, you aren't godly, so you can't be content. I then plead for Him to make me a godly man, trusting in Him.

And He answers. Today. In fact, before it is on my lips, He is working already.

And in this is gain. Not in acting like movie stars and rock stars. But by acting like Jesus.

Another word for gain is blessing. Great blessing. Contentment is blessing. And the verse says that it is great gain. Great. Big. Huge.

I am guilty of feeling bored about the idea of godliness. This is backwards. Godliness is not boring. Contentment is not boring.

It is a great blessing.

Godly and Content

Lord help me value what is actually "gain." Help me to not lust for the world's lies. Fill me with your Spirit. Show me how to walk in the light. Today. May I be godly and content. And may you answer this in ways beyond what I can hope or imagine. Blessed be the Name of the Lord.

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