How would you define success? We live in a society that says the more money you have, the more success that equals and the more success, the more money.
If we can’t handle worldly wealth, how will God ever entrust to us true spiritual riches? The way we handle money tests our greed factor and is the barometer of that factor.
It’s in the Church
God becomes a means to an end and we use religion to get what we want. God simply becomes a genie in a lamp and when that happens, we will be ready to justify anything and we will compromise more.
1 Timothy 6 explains how to not use religion as a means of gain and then gives a distinction and shows us what true success really is.
“… men of depraved mind and deprived of the truth, who suppose that godliness is a means of gain. But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment” (1 Tim. 6:5-6).
Godliness Plus Contentment Equals True Gain
Godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied with contentment. Click To Tweet In other words, godliness, or increasing God in your life + contentment, or decreasing wants or cravings = true success.
Godliness: A Genuine Day-by-Day Walk
Godliness is spending time with god more. If I spend time with God, I become godlier. It is something you have to develop; you have to choose that.
Our default is always back to us even when it deals with God’s things. But the Bible says the way to increase godliness is to make a choice to have a day-by-day genuine walk with Him. If you’re going to be more like Jesus, you need to spend more time with Him. God indeed changes us from glory to glory by His Spirit and into His image.
Godliness is a growing likeness of Christ in your life where people can see that.
Contentment: Choosing to be SatisfiedYou need to choose to be satisfied. If you don’t choose to be content or if you’re waiting for circumstances to make you content, you will never be content. Click To Tweet
The Bible says, “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content” (1 Tim. 6:8).
We begin to redefine or misinterpret contentment. You always recalibrate back to the Word of God.
If you live a life of discontentment, you will be missing life indeed. You will never take hold of that which is really life and what is really success.
The accumulation of money is not a noble enough goal for the investment of your life! Your life is much more precious than that, much more valuable.
Steward Prosperity Well
God says, “If you make success synonymous with affluence, you will indeed miss what life truly is. I want you so much to take hold of what life is indeed. Godliness plus contentment is true success. Steward the money that I give to you.”
If we live a life of discontent, we will waste life looking for that which we already have all because we have not defined true success. Money can buy you a passport to anywhere except heaven.
What discontent does is it blinds you to the forever. It demands that you look at the now and miss that which is life indeed. The Lord says, “I’ll help you steward money. It’s very important because money matters, but it’s not synonymous to success.” Make that distinction, otherwise, you’ll miss life.