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Gaining Great in this World

Great gain in God’s definition is something many of us fail to truly understand. I thought great gain means riches, power, fame, and great successes. Aren’t these things great gain? Apparently, the Bible teaches that they’re not.

Material prosperity rules the world of competition and race for success. What are our marks for a successful person? We always look at how much money the person has. How great are his achievements. How known and influential he is. We don’t call poverty great gain. We don’t call a life with just enough to get by as great gain. We only refer to a life of great gain when that life is marked with plenty of so many things — first of which is money!

But if we believe that money dictates the concept of great gain, we are wrong. God teaches us in His word an entirely different view. In this, God reminds us again that He is truly excellent in wisdom and understanding. His Word always points to the truth that opens our understanding to the false perceptions we get from the world. God’s Word always has this effect to those who search the truth. It is like an electric shock that stimulates our brain to think. The truth of God’s Word sinks in and then we realize, “Oh, I finally understand. I was dead wrong!”

So, what is God’s idea of great gain? Here is what the Bible says:

“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we certainly can’t carry anything out. But having food and clothing, we will be content with that. But those who are determined to be rich fall into a temptation, a snare, and many foolish and harmful lusts, such as drown men in ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some have been led astray from the faith in their greed, and have pierced themselves through with many sorrows.

– 1 Timothy 6:6-10 (WEB)

Godliness is being obedient to God. It is embracing God’s will. It is forsaking the worldly passions and desires to live for Jesus. When godliness teams up with contentment, there we have a powerful capsule for a blissful life. It’s a dynamite for breaking sorrows in life. But, no, it’s the nuclear bomb that kills pride, envy, ruin, and destruction that come with loving money.

Human nature has the tendency to seek out materials things for comfort and prosperity. But Jesus specifically commanded us to refrain from worrying about or pursuing these things (Matthew 6:24-26).

Then, again in this verse, Paul reminds us how money isn’t worth prioritizing. Desiring to be rich will only lead us to a sorrowful life. It leads to greed.

However, this is the truth. Whoever has money, wants more. Whoever has Christ, has all!

You gain great when you gain Christ! In Christ, godliness with contentment is great gain. It truly is. No amount of money or extent of fame and power could buy peace and joy! They are in Christ alone.

“He who loves silver shall not be satisfied with silver, nor he who loves abundance, with increase. This also is vanity. When goods increase, those who eat them are increased; and what advantage is there to its owner, except to feast on them with his eyes?

– Ecclesiastes 5:10-11 (WEB)

“He said to them, ‘Beware! Keep yourselves from covetousness, for a man’s life doesn’t consist of the abundance of the things which he possesses.’ ”

– Luke 12:15 (WEB)
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Published by Deborah Agustin

A High School Teacher who loves to write.

9 thoughts on “Gaining Great in this World

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