He is no fool!

Readings  I Timothy 6

How would you do if you went to a restaurant and had to pick out your meal by choosing the animal first?  (“Yes, I will have the little pink one to the left”)  Would it change how you eat?  Would you be content eating it?

I know one restaurant where people can choose their lobster out of a tank.  What would keep you from being content with your meal?

Dear family,

I saw some pictures the other day of people living in terrible conditions.  It would be nearly impossible for most of us to sleep a minute, in those conditions.  To eat a meal there would also be difficult to stomach.  Could they ever be content in their circumstances?

What about us?  Are we content in our circumstances?

Where does your contentment come from?

Read the following verses, and then check out your current “want” list.  Not everything on it may be wrong, but it is good to check it out and make sure something isn’t getting in the way of our contentment.  Not learning where true contentment comes from will interfere with our pursuit of godliness.

1 Timothy 6:6-10 (NASB95)
6 But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.
9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.
10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:11-12 (NASB95)
11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
12 Fight the good fight of faith; take hold of the eternal life to which you were called, and you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses.

Check out where our hope should be fixed, and where our activities should be focused, and what our ultimate “prize” will be.

1 Timothy 6:17-19 (NASB95)
17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy.
18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share,
19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

“so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”

worth repeating:

“so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.”

Do we understand what true LIFE is?

“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain what he cannot lose.”  Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot (along with four other men who died) gave his life in trying to share the Gospel with an unreached people.  Some people would claim, “what a waste!”  Try to convince the tribe that now knows Christ, the same one that he was reaching out to!

What are we holding onto?

Will we let go?

Wanting to take hold of that which is life indeed,

Steve

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One thought on “He is no fool!

  1. Having a lot of children I can really relate to this. It requires sacrifices of time & freedom among other things but it’s a trade-up. We gain what we cannot lose, blessings, joy, heritage, and future generations of the Church and family.

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