The Pursuit of Godliness: 1 Timothy 6

1 Timothy 6:6-11

6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

Fight the Good Fight of Faith

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

When you know who you are in Jesus and what he has truly done for all mankind, then you will find contentment and it is one of the greatest assets of life. It means you do not have to live with fear, doubt, or worry because you know your eternity is secured in Jesus. “Godliness with contentment” is key to spiritual growth and personal fulfillment. We should honor God and center our desires on him, and we should be content with what God is doing in our lives.

Verse 7 tells us that “we brought nothing into this world, and we cannot take anything out of it.” God is ultimately in control of our lives and His ways are a lot better than our own. He’s infinitely wise, he always has known the best way of going about things and always will. It is up to us to decide whether or not we will trust in His sovereignty. This is why God teaches about money. When a person gets so focused on money and develops a love for money, then he or she will be tempted in many different ways. This is why Jesus said that we cannot serve both God and money (Matthew 6:24). We can either put our trust and dependency in God or in money.

Verse 11 tells us that serving God requires lifelong training, effort, and action. What is it here that Paul is telling Timothy to continually go after with all that he has?

  1. Righteousness – living in continual repentance, turning from what we know is wrong and turning to God
  2. Godliness – worshipping God for who he is and allowing Him to make us more like Him.
  3. Faith
  4. Love
  5. Endurance or patience
  6. Gentleness or meekness, which means having controlled strength

From verse 12 we learn that serving God means giving it all that you got because of the way the truth has impacted your life. “Fight the good fight” is used to describe the struggles of the Christian life. When you are fighting you are contending with adversaries. The word used here meant to enter into a contest like the athletic competitions Greeks would hold.  What do you want to do when you enter into games? “If you had fun then you won,” right? Wrong, when you contend you either win or you loose. It doesn’t matter who you are, everyone wants to win because there is a little competitor in each of us.  Ephesians 6:10-12 (NIV) says, “Finally, be strong in the Lord and in his mighty power. Put on the full armor of God so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”

The devil wants to do everything he possibly can to keep you from pursuing God, but God has already won, we just have to believe in him and pursue godly character. Thank God that through Him we have the strength to overcome every temptation and struggle that we face (1 Corinthians 10:13).

Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called. In the pursuit never loose sight of the cross and never forget that moment when you allowed Jesus into your heart. When we confess our faith, we do what Jesus has already done. When we suffer for our faith, we undergo what Jesus has already undergone.

As Christians we should not be working to satisfy man, but working to satisfy Christ. Pursue God’s approval and not man’s because what you pursue will determine either your shortcomings or your growth in serving God.

A lot of people think Christianity is a passive religion that advocates waiting for God to act. But we must have an active faith, training, working hard, sacrificing, and doing what is right. Is it time for action on your part? Christian service like athletics requires training and sacrifice. Our discipline and obedience largely define whether or not we will be contributors or merely spectators. Don’t waste your life being a spectator. Take the initiative to pursue godliness. God loves you and he wants you to live in His contentment. So be a person who is full of righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance or patience, gentleness or meekness and fight the good fight. Go after God with everything you have and let his love overflow from your life into others. When you do this you become a contender for Christ and the devil doesn’t stand a chance.

Lord, I pray that all of this would be so in each and everyone of us. I thank you that we can depend on you and trust in you. I thank you that you have gone ahead of us and reconciled us. Draw us closer to you each and every day. I pray this in the name of Jesus, amen.


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