1 Timothy 6:6-8
But godliness with contentment is great gain.
There is a sense in which the text is true, and there is a sense in which it is not true.
I. THERE IS A SENSE IN WHICH IT IS TRUE. It is true that we can carry nothing of our material possessions out of the world. We must leave behind our homes, our business, our property, our very bodies. This is —
1. A fact the most obvious.
2. A fact the most practically disregarded.
II. THERE IS A SENSE IN WHICH IT IS NOT TRUE. There are certain things which we did not bring with us, but which we shall carry away with us.
1. Our memories. We came without recollections, we shall carry thousands away.
2. Our responsibilities. We came without responsibilities, we shall carry loads away.
3. Our characters. We came without a character, we shall carry one away.
4. Our true friendships. We came without true friendships, we shall carry many away.
5. Our true sources of spiritual joy. Powers of holy meditation, hopes of approaching good, communion with the Infinite Father, etc., and all these we shall carry away with us.
Parallel VersesKJV: But godliness with contentment is great gain.