Imaging the wrong things (I Timothy 6; Ecclesiastes 4)

“And constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain,” I Timothy 6:5

He came to church with one goal in mind, “This will be good for my business.”  For years, he was connected with the brightest and the best, but in the end it cost him everything.  The fact is, this man never followed Jesus, he only wanted the earthly benefits of being connected with good people.  Sadly the goodness did not rub off.  He was caught in unethical practices and lost everything.

Question, “Are you and I really following Christ because we love him or are we imaging some other reason?”  Consider what Paul writes in Vs: 6, “Godliness with contentment is great gain.”

The truth is, “Godliness in itself is the gain that brings contentment to your life.”  One man said this, “Jesus is more than enough!”  Paul goes on to write about the pitfalls that await those who fail to comprehend this truth, Vs: 7-10.

Think it through:

1.  Are we imaging we are followers of Christ or are we really followers of Christ?

2.  Are we imaging we are successful in Christ or are we really successful in Christ?

Our response:

Those who get beyond imagination find themselves engaged in two things:

1.  A life of staying away from the things of the flesh.

2.  A life of striving for the things of the faith.  These include, “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness and  a genuine desire to fight the good fight of faith.”  

When these things become a part of our daily lives we are no longer imaging faith we are engaged in faith.  Today, I want to do more than imagine what is right.  I want to know and do what is right for the glory of God!

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