Getting a Little More is Never Enough

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Getting a Little More is Never Enough

Money motivates. Unfortunately, it doesn’t bring lasting satisfaction. You’re probably familiar with the story of John D. Rockefeller, the Ohio native who started Standard Oil:
“Rockefeller was at one point the world’s richest man and first ever American billionaire. Considering he was a billionaire in the early 1900’s he is still considered as the richest person in modern history. When a reporter asked him, ‘How much money is enough?’ He responded, ‘Just a little bit more.'” (Read the article here.)
I’ll never be a billionaire, but I’ve caught myself sharing this same mentality — focusing on getting just a little more. And when a little more is deposited in the bank account, it doesn’t bring contentment. Have you experienced the same thing?

A love for money

It’s nothing new. The people in Timothy’s church in Ephesus struggled with the same thing. The apostle Paul dedicated a portion of his letter to Timothy to this very topic. Paul reminded Timothy and his congregation of the evils of loving money:

But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. 1 Timothy 6:9-10; KJV

Notice that Paul is calling out those who want to be rich, not those who already have wealth. Those who have a strong desire for money, pursue it as a priority, and end up creating a false god. Loving money, not money itself, is identified as the root of all evil.
Take a look at the fall out associated with greed: being deceived, hurtful lusts, destruction, sorrow, and wandering away from the truth of God’s Word. Not things I want to experience. So what is the solution?

The answer

Paul gives the key to dealing with this problem:

But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment (clothing) let us be therewith content. 1 Timothy 6:6-8 (words in parentheses mine)

Do you see it? Paul was encouraging Timothy and his church members to refocus on God – to love and reverence Him, and live a life of holiness. He was their Creator, giving them life & breath. They wouldn’t take anything to heaven when they died. They had the necessities, they should choose to be content.

Paul’s experience

Paul had endured a lot in his lifetime. From having all his needs met, to going without for days on end, he knew contentment was a choice. In a letter written to the church at Philippi, Paul shared:

. . . I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.Philippians 4:11; KJV

What a fantastic attitude. Paul had learned to stay focused on Christ instead of his circumstances. He didn’t allow himself to be distracted by the temptation to accumulate things, rather he ran life’s race to honor God (2 Tim. 4:7).
Paul wanted Pastor Timothy and his congregation to do the same. And all these years later,

we'd be wise to evaluate what we're chasing after

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Let’s refocus on God and obeying His Word — the things that bring lasting contentment.

Your turn

Where is your focus? Are you battling a spirit of discontentment? What step will you take today to refocus on God and choose to be content? ? Let’s talk about it! Share your thoughts here in the comments below then visit our Facebook page for suggested reading, daily devotional questions, and further discussion.

Can I pray for you?

Heavenly Father, forgive us for chasing after things to make us content. Lasting contentment is only found in You. Thank You for this reminder in 1 Timothy written so long ago that's every bit as relevant in 2017. Help me refocus on You and actively live out Your truth today. In Jesus' name, Amen.

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