Pastor’s Message October

1 Timothy 6:6 “But godliness with contentment is great gain.”

A man in Brooklyn, whose work was replacing lightbulbs in a New York skyscraper, bought a one dollar lottery ticket and with it won five million dollars. It would be interesting to know how many others say to themselves, “Why can’t I get lucky like that?”

Don’t hold your breath. The odds of matching all six winning numbers are one in millions.

Sudden wealth doesn’t mean sunshine days and champagne nights. “Winning the lottery isn’t always what it’s cracked up to be,” says Evelyn Adams, who won the New Jersey lottery not once but twice to  the tune of $5.4 million. Today, the money is gone. “I won the American dream but I lost it too.”

I wonder if God doesn’t answer our Lotto prayers in order to spare us the burden. He wants to give us something better: “godliness with contentment.”

Some people think that contentment means getting everything they want as soon as they want it. One of the best definitions of contentment that I have heard is “not having all you want but wanting only what you have.” Satisfied with what you have – that is being content. It means having all you need, not craving for more.

The apostle says that “godliness with contentment” is to your advantage – not possessions, not new cars or new homes, not a comfortable environment. Listen to Jesus’ advice: “Store up for yourselves treasures in heaven” (Matthew 6:20). There our discontented souls hit the jackpot – infinite, eternal wealth through God’s Son, who gave up his life for us on a cross. There we find all debts of sin are paid. God’s Word promises peace with God. It assures us of salvation, it leads to the conviction that God works in all things for our good.

Such a source of gain is godly, because it is good and profitable “for both the present life and the life to come” (1 Timothy 4:8). It assures us that God is our provider, both for our spiritual and earthly needs because we are his children.

The best part is, there’s no luck or risk involved! No money to pass across the counter. No infinitesimally small chance of ever winning. You’ve been declared a winner already – in Christ! By grace!

So you don’t need to dream, “If only I could win the lottery.” When you have God, and food and clothing, that is all you really need to be enriched and fulfilled, satisfied and content. .