Some people strive toward accumulating wealth in order to be happy. Others try decluttering their house or simplifying their schedule to be satisfied. Yet as Alistair Begg emphasizes, finding contentment is not the secret to a good life—though it is the key to godliness. When our satisfaction is found ultimately in submission to and delight in our heavenly Father and His good gifts, contentment will originate in our hearts rather than depending on our luxuries.
6But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7for we brought nothing into the world, and3 we cannot take anything out of the world. 8But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs.
Copyright © 2021, Alistair Begg. Used by permission. All rights reserved.
Scripture taken from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version. Copyright ©2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved. Text provided by the Crossway Bibles Web Service.