Summary: Part 1 of a 2-part series on Godliness with Contentment. Godliness 1) penetrates every area of life...2) promises life at its best...3) is produced through exercise.
Godliness Is Profitable Unto All Things
November 24, 2013
TEXT: 1 Timothy 6:6 – “But godliness with contentment is great gain. ”
There is a pairing of spiritual traits in this verse: godliness and contentment Now, if you have godliness, but not contentment, you have only HALF of the equation. On the other hand, if you have contentment, but not godliness—again, you’re missing something.
God wants us to pair those things in our lives for some reason. Next Sunday evening I want to talk about the subject of contentment. But today I want to talk about the first half of the equation: GODLINESS.
To do that, I’d like for us to go to another passage in 1 Timothy: chapter 4, verses 7-8. But before we read that, first let’s define “godliness.”
Godliness can be simply defined as “God-likeness.” That is to say, when you became a believer in Jesus Christ, it’s God’s plan that you become like God in His moral attributes.
Now Jesus is the visible manifestation of God on earth, so in order to conform yourself to God, you should conform yourself to Jesus Christ. In Romans 8:29 we read that this is exactly God’s plan for us from eternity past: “For whom he did foreknow, he also did predestinate to be conformed to the image of his Son…”
So to be conformed to the image of Christ means to become LIKE JESUS CHRIST. Godliness is “Jesus-likeness,” and, since Jesus Christ is God, it’s “God-likeness.” God wants you to be like His Son in your attitudes, in your philosophy of life, in your words, and in your behavior.
Godliness is the opposite of worldliness. As a believer, you’ll either be conformed to JESUS CHRIST in your life and be GODLY, or you’ll be conformed to the world and be worldly. Paul tells us in Romans 12:2 – “And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.”
By the “world,” Paul means the attitudes, philosophy, words and behavior of those who are part of this world system controlled by Satan whom Paul refers to in 2 Corinthians 4:4 as “the god of this world.” Now there is only one true God, but Satan is served in this world by worldlings as if he were a god who controls their attitudes, philosophies, words and behavior. This is in contrast to believers whom the Bible says their citizenship is in heaven
So to summarize, godliness is “God-likeness” or “Christ-likeness” in the life of the believer who is striving to obey God, understand His Word, and be like Christ. The world would have you believe that the life of godliness is a sad, boring existence.
You’d think that if you become a committed Christian, somehow you’ll miss out on life.
NOTHING could be FURTHER from the truth!
Let’s go now to 1 Timothy 4:7-8 and see what Paul says about this kind of life—the life of godliness – “But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. 8 For bodily exercise profiteth little: but godliness is profitable unto all things, having promise of the life that now is, and of that which is to come.”