“We need personal holiness in order to help other people. To become involved in the ministry is to invite people to drink deeply from your life, and who wants to drink from a dirty vessel?” Walter A. Henrichsen (“Walt H”)
Thoughts from the Diary of a Desperate Man by Walter A Henrichsen (“Walt”)
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content.” 1 Timothy 6:6-8
Twice in three short verses Paul urges us to be content. Contentment forms one of four parts in a godly life. The first of the four components is comparison.
Comparing can either be good or bad. You compare in order to make decisions. You wish to purchase a dress. After looking at and comparing thirty dresses in as many stores, you purchase the one of your choice. Your family wishes to purchase a house and you select a realtor to show you a number of homes in order to make the best decision.
You also compare as a means of expressing gratitude. You are ill and when you regain your health you compare what it was like to be sick, and express gratitude to God for your health. You compare your marriage with many that you see and express gratitude to God for your spouse.
Comparing can also be bad. When you compare yourself with other people, you run the risk of erring. Paul warns the Corinthians, “For we dare not make ourselves of the number, or compare ourselves with some that commend themselves: but they measuring themselves by themselves, and comparing themselves among themselves, are not wise.” How you look or perform in comparison with others has no bearing on your relation with God. He has made you unique and when you compare yourself either favorably or unfavorably with others you deny the uniqueness with which God created each individual. This kind of comparison leads to a lack of contentment.
92 II Corinthians 10:12
Numbers 9-11 Mark 5:1-20 (New King James Version)
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