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1 Timothy 6:8

Feb 13, 2018   //   by Charlie Garrett   //   1 Timothy, 1 Timothy (Written), Daily Writing, Epistles, Epistles (written), Writings  //  4 Comments

Tuesday, 13 February 2018

And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 1 Timothy 6:8

Paul just cited the thought of writers like Job and Solomon who noted that we brought nothing into this world, and we will not be carrying anything out when we finally kick the bucket. This is why we kick the bucket instead of carrying it along with us full of stuff. As we are simply passing through without the hope of any material gain on the way out, then what we have in that regard is really not that important. Our walk here is a few short years, and our walk in the next life will be for all eternity. A million years isn’t a scratch on the surface of what we can anticipate.

With this in mind, he says, “And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content.” The Greek word translated as “we shall be content” indicates sufficiency. Those things that are necessary for meeting our needs are sufficient for the conduct of our lives. The words “food and clothing” are intended as the meeting of those general needs, whatever they may be. We cannot do without food, and we should not do without clothing. Food is a necessary thing to keep us physically fit, and clothing is a necessary thing to keep us morally covered.

Thus, if we have the things which are necessary for our physical lives, and the things which are needed for our spiritual lives, we should be content, for they are sufficient for meeting our main needs. Medicine would fall under the “food” category. The Bible would fall under our “clothing” category. The first attends to our physical needs, the second attends to our spiritual needs. In understanding what things are actually necessary to meet these needs, we can discover which things are actually superfluous in our lives. It is those things that we ought not give great priority to. Instead, if we have them, we can (and should) be grateful for them, but we should not let them consume who we are.

Life application: Tickets to a sporting event, a nice TV, lipstick, a new car… such things are not a part of our necessary needs. They may make life fun, easier, more pleasing, and so on, but they add nothing of true value to our walk towards glory. Let us keep these things in mind, and let us be attentive to the things that are truly important first. And then, let us show gratitude for the extra blessings which have come our way.

Lord God, there are things which are necessary for our physical and spiritual lives, and then there are things which are simply blessings which benefit us in a temporary way. Help us to understand the difference between the two, and to not let things which are actually unimportant for our walk towards eternity consume us and divert us from keeping our eyes on You. Instead, help us to be grateful for our blessings, but not consumed by them. Amen.

4 Comments

  • Amen it’s amazing the insight the lord give you. You take 11 words and make a powerful Sermon out of them! I thank god that gold and silver do not have a place in my heart nor the material things of this world well 99 % percent of the time. I do trip up now and then but thankfully the lord is much quicker to bring me to my senses now than say 20 years ago when I would languish for days and weeks with over blown concern for material things that were driving me almost blindly off the path to God. Thank god Jesus is my traffic monitor and has been at every turn in the path to gently guide close and closer to the middle of it away from the thorns and thistall on the sides of it hoping to Intangle me and pull me off the path into darkness. Well here I go again my fingers are on auto pilot and the lord has control of them lol Really! This has been happening a lot to me lately. I start a comment on YouTube Chanel’s with in this case a one word comment ” Amen ” and the lord takes over from there And before I know it i have written a novel that I have to go back and read over several time to understand what I just wrote down. I guess this is my gift from God to be a tool for him to get his words and thoughts out to others. Believe. No. Of this is coming from me.. Well the Amen did lol I can get wordy at times so pleas feel free to tell me to back off when it gets to much and please pray that I am truly gods tool helping to reach others with his words
    Thanks Charlie and God bless my friend

    • Gordon,

      This just showed up. I am guessing it is the lost comment. Not sure why it came now.

      As far as the analysis. I do them first thing in the morning (after reading the BIble) usually about 4:30. I am still asleep when I do them, so that would explain why they are so long! You are too kind with your words. I love your comment – Jesus is my traffic monitor. That is a sweet symbolism! And don’t worry about lengthy comments. Your words bless me.

      I hope you’ll have a most wonderful evening. God bless you.

    • One more thing. I just found out from Mike that your comment went to spam. The computer might have thought you were from russia or something. If it happens again, let me know. I hate to bother Mike, but had no idea what to do. Maybe I can find the spam folder now that I know what happened!

  • I knew,it had,to be the,Russians!!!!! Agents,of Satan and Democrats

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