How often have you heard someone say “I just want to be happy?”
Or, when you let someone know about a major decision in life, people respond by saying, “that sounds great, as long as you’re happy”.
Happiness seems to be the state of mind that we all crave, and yet there’s something that is even better: contentment.
Contentment is the feeling you have when you know that no possession or experience can increase your positive feelings.
However, contentment is something that usually comes as a byproduct.
Some people will spend great amounts of money seeking the possessions and wealth so that they might gain contentment.
Others will dedicate their life to getting more and more experiences, ticking off their bucket list until their time on earth comes to a close.
Yet, contentment is something that cannot come by the abundance of possessions, or a range of special experiences.
God tells us that contentment comes from an unusual source: godliness.
We read in 1 Timothy chapter 6 verse 6 that “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”
The great gain of contentment comes with godliness, which comes from believing the truth about Jesus and trusting him as loving ruler.
Pursuing Jesus will lead us to true contentment.
In fact, a few verses later we’re told not to put our hope in wealth, but instead to put our hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment (1 Timothy 6:17).
As we do so, we will then be generous and willing to share ( verse 18), which will mean that followers of Jesus “will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life” (verse 19)
This is the pathway to true contentment. Are you truly content?