’But godliness with contentment is great gain’ 1 Tim 6:6(KJV)
Contentment is simply defined as the state of being happy and satisfied. From the text above, Paul hints that to be godly and contented is of a great gain. ‘But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God]. 1 Tim 6:6-(Amplified Version).
The latter part of the above verse of the Amplified version shows that contentment comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God. When, as a Christian, you are not always satisfied with the little things God has given you, check yourself and be careful for Satan not to take advantage of that and lure you into things which are contrary to His will.
It was due to lack of contentment that made Ahab, despite being the King of Israel, to lust after Naboth possession which made Him and the wife arrange for Naboth’s death to take possession of his vineyard.(1 Kings 21)
It is lack of contentment that makes for instance an usher in the church to ‘steal’ from the offering that is kept in his/her care. When a man is not contented with what God has given him while trusting God for more, he may go an extra mile to do things ungodly just to achieve what he greedily aspire to get.
When you are not always satisfied with what you have, you won’t be able to appreciate God for it; and when you don’t appreciate Him for the ‘little’ He has given you , He may not give you more.
Some so called Christians have tarnished Christ’s image in them due to lack of contentment. They go into doing some shady deals and they see it as nothing wrong in doing it. Some may latter get themselves in trouble which they may stand to regret for the rest of their lives.
Or how can we say of a Christian brother who goes into sneaking cocaine out of the country to another because he is not satisfied with his level and wants to ride Limousine all of a sudden.
No wonder the bible says’ It is the blessing of God that makes rich and add no sorrow to it’(Prov 10:22)
Be satisfied with whatsoever God has blessed you with and don’t compare yourself with your friends or colleagues that have gone higher than you; while you trust God to bless you as you desire and uplift you to a higher level.