“Godliness with contentment is great gain.” 1 Timothy 6:6a
Did you know you can train yourself to be godly and that you can learn to be content? In fact, we are commanded to train ourselves to become godly. 1 Timothy 4:7-8 says, “Train yourself toward godliness (piety), [keeping yourself spiritually fit]. For physical training is of some value (useful for a little), but godliness (spiritual training) is useful and of value in everything and in every way…” (AMP). The best way to start practicing godliness is to first prioritize an intimate quiet time with the Lord. We cannot become like Him if we do not spend time with Him or read His Word.
Likewise, Philippians 4:11 says, “For I have learned how to be content (satisfied to the point where I am not disturbed or disquieted) in whatever state I am” (AMP). Note Paul says he “learned” how to be content. It was obviously not something that came natural to him. But just like everything else, the more we practice contentment, the easier it becomes. Start practicing by being more intentional about thanking God every day, even for the hard things you go through.
When we begin practicing godliness and contentment, it is indeed greater gain than any wealth could ever offer us. The things of the world will no longer hold sway over us. F. B. Meyer wisely states, “Remember that you can carry nothing out of this world except your character.” What can you start doing today to train yourself to be godly and content?