I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me.
…godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
1 Timothy 6:6-11
We are continuing our study on the Character of a Godly Man.
A godly man is one who finds his true contentment in Christ and Him alone. That only comes when we find Christ is our only aim.
1 – A godly man is content with where God has placed him in life
- The things of this world are not his primary concern
- He earns them, yet is not focused on them
- His mind is set on things above (Col 3:1-3)
- Do not lose your eternal perspective
- Live always ‘coram Deo‘ (in the conscious presence, authority, and glory of God)
- Keep the main things the main thing (Prov 4)
2. A godly man pursues the things of God (2 Tim 2:20; Titus 2:11-14)
- The Service of God’s people
3. A godly man flees earthly trappings
- Know the danger of discontentment
- Understand the temptations of wealth and its trappings
4. A godly man’s central goal is Christ and becoming more like Him (Eph 5:1; Phil 1:21; 2:5-11)
- Test your contentment when you are alone (and perhaps checking your budget)
- Keep your eternal perspective (all you have and all you are is grace, and God may at any moment, justly take it away – Job 1:21)
- Christ must be our highest aim and ambition (John 17:3; 2 Cor 5:9; Rev 2:4)
5. A godly man’s family sees his deepest desires lived out
- A wife needs a husband who leads her towards Christ
- Children need a father who leads them towards Christ
- they need to see their father with the courage stand up for Christ
- they need to see a dependence on God for all things
- they need to see an attitude of thankfulness
- they need to see their father pushing away earthly desires
6. A godly man conforms his life to God’s will
- A faith that will not be moved (Romans 4:18-21)
- His convictions are unbending (Ps 15)
- Faithful when trials come
- Content with God’s Providence
The greatest gift a father can give his children is Christ, and show his love for Christ by living for Him every day.