Summary: To enumerate the things Paul needed in this life that's enough to be contented.
Do you have Paul's contentment?
II. AUDIENCE PROFILE:
To enumerate the things Paul needed in this life that's enough to be contented.
1 Timothy 6:8 (Amplified Bible)
But if we have food and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied).
Be content if we have food and clothes.
A. Author: Apostle Paul
B. Date written: About 64 A.D., but uncertain
C. To whom written: Timothy, Paul's true son in the faith
1 Timothy 1:2 (New International Version)
To Timothy my true son in the faith: Grace, mercy and peace from God the Father and Christ Jesus our Lord.
D. Main themes: Advice and exhortation to a young pastor respecting his personal conduct and ministerial work
E. Keyword: conduct
F. Key verse:
1 Timothy 3:15 (New International Version)
if I am delayed, you will know how people ought to conduct themselves in God's household, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and foundation of the truth.
VIII. MAIN BODY:
A. We have food
"But if we have food"
Genesis 1:29 (Amplified Bible)
1:29 And God said, See, I have given you every plant yielding seed that is on the face of all the land and every tree with seed in its fruit; you shall have them for food.
Genesis 9:3 (Amplified Bible)
9:3 Every moving thing that lives shall be food for you; and as I gave you the green vegetables and plants, I give you everything.
Matthew 6:26 (Amplified Bible)
6:26 Look at the birds of the air; they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father keeps feeding them. Are you not worth much more than they?
Our GOD created the food first and then the humans: Adam and Eve, so that's how GOD provides. No need to work, working is part of the curse. Part of the work are: sowing, reaping, and gathering into barns.
B. We have clothes
"and clothing, with these we shall be content (satisfied)"
Matthew 6:28-29 (Amplified Bible)
6:28 And why should you be anxious about clothes? Consider the lilies of the field and learn thoroughly how they grow; they neither toil nor spin.
6:29 Yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his magnificence (excellence, dignity, and grace) was not arrayed like one of these.
1 Peter 3:3-4 (Amplified Bible)
3:3 Let not yours be the [merely] external adorning with [elaborate] interweaving and knotting of the hair, the wearing of jewelry, or changes of clothes;
3:4 But let it be the inward adorning and beauty of the hidden person of the heart, with the incorruptible and unfading charm of a gentle and peaceful spirit, which [is not anxious or wrought up, but] is very precious in the sight of God.
Clothes in the age of the innocence of Adam and Eve are optional, as we can remember, they're both naked. But in our time, as effect of the curse, we have longing for clothes, this clothing have become the object of fashion all around the world. The world is longing to get the cursed objects.
Ephesians 2:2 (Amplified Bible)
2:2 In which at one time you walked [habitually]. You were following the course and fashion of this world [were under the sway of the tendency of this present age], following the prince of the power of the air. [You were obedient to and under the control of] the [demon] spirit that still constantly works in the sons of disobedience [the careless, the rebellious, and the unbelieving, who go against the purposes of God].