RE Verse reading–Luke 21:1-4, 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19 (day five) “But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment” (1 Timothy 6:6) What do we gain by following Christ? Since there is no guarantee that our reward will be financial (as the life of Christ suggests) then what? The answer in part is contentment– an awareness of spiritual resources not dependent on external circumstances. It comes gradually. “I have LEARNED to be content” says Paul in Philippians 4:11. Beginning at rebirth and deepening with every step of faith, we experience the reality of life in Christ Jesus (see Romans 8:4). Gradually we learn to shift our confidence from things that can be seen to things that can’t. We get free from fears and obsessions that used to control us. “I can do all things, do without or be grateful because Christ strengthens me” (Philippians 4:13–personal translation) This inner confidence/freedom from anxiety is part of what we gain when we follow. Glory!