Where we stand

RE Verse reading- Luke 21:1-4, 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 (day four)  “We brought nothing into the world. . . we carry nothing out;  (so) having food and covering we will be content”  (1 Timothy 6:6)  Paul is speaking for the entire Christian family.  When faith becomes mature, all believers arrive at three realites, three universally true verbs.  We BROUGHT nothing into the world. (Obvious if sometimes forgotten)  We CARRY nothing out of the world.  (Equally apparent)  Therefore, we WILL BE CONTENT if we have food and covering.  What powerful statements!  Consider saying them out loud to yourself every day this week.  Paul is not glorifying poverty.  He is not counseling us to ignore the situation when we have no food or covering.  He is saying that all Christians ultimately arrive at a place of contentment. (auto arkeo–focus on the internal rather than the external)  Our true treasure and deepest hope  is eternal/spiritual rather than temporal/material.  Christ taught us this attitude toward things.  It is where we stand.

Author: Don Guthrie

Don Guthrie is the Senior Pastor at FBCSA.

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