RE Verse reading–Luke 21:1-4, 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 (day one) “Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment.” (1 Timothy 6:6) The gospel is not entirely self-denying. None of us can follow Christ without denying self. (Luke 9:23) However, having said No to the lordship of our ego, there is much that we gain by following Christ. The word is porismos. It meant “to procure what is needed, to be supplied”. Paul pairs it with the word megas. (mega church, mega vitamin) which meant large in size. We lose nothing of value when we follow Christ. We gain much that we need and that lasts for eternity. “Whatever things were GAIN to me, those things I have counted as loss for the sake of Christ. . .I have counted them as rubbish in order that I may GAIN Christ” (Philippians 3:7-8) Following Christ costs much as we begin. It repays much as we continue on the road. There is laid up for me a crown. . .