Wednesday, January 5, 2011

Whatever ye have...


Yesterday I was reading in 1 Timothy. In the sixth chapter, Paul is talking to Timothy about being content with whatever he has, no matter how much or how little it is.

"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 let us therewith be content."
(1 Timothy 6:6-8)

God has really been speaking to me about this lately: to just be content with what I have, and let it be enough for me, no matter what my other circumstances are. These verses brought to mind these from Matthew, which first came to my attention a few weeks ago when I was reading a book about Hudson Taylor.

"Therefore I say unto you, Take no thought for your life, what ye shall eat, or what ye shall drink; nor yet for your body, what ye shall put on. Is not the life more than meat, and the body than raiment? Behold the fowls of the air: for they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; yet your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are ye not much better than they? Which of you by taking thought can add one cubit unto his stature? And why take ye thought for raiment? Consider the lilies of the field, how they grow; they toil not, neither do they spin: And yet I say unto you, That even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. Wherefore, if God so clothe the grass of the field, which to day is, and to morrow is cast into the oven, shall he not much more clothe you, O ye of little faith? Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things. But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you. Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof."
(Matthew 6:25-34)

In these verses, Jesus is basically saying: "What in the world are you doing worrying about it? Doesn't my father take care of every creature in the world? Don't you think he can take care of you? If so, then why worry?"

I can't say I've completely hammered this one down. I always want something- a new gadget, a book, a treat. But I'm working on it.

"Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content."
(Philippians 4:11)


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