1 TIMOTHY 6:8
“If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.”
Do you remember Baloo the bear singing “The Bare Necessities” to Mowgli in the movie, Jungle Book? Here is the chorus:
“Look for the bare necessities
The simple bare necessities
Forget about your worries and your strife
I mean the bare necessities
That’s why a bear can rest at ease
With just the bare necessities of life”
If you want to watch the original clip of the song, here it is:
Cute song, but it actually has some truth to it. All we really need in life is the basics, if we have Christ. The Greek words here for “food” and “covering” are only used here in today’s verse. Paul is pointing out to Timothy that he does not need to get hung up on all the complexities of life. If Christ is our life, we don’t need anything else. He is our all.
Does your little Johnny ever say, “I’ve just got to have…”? The newest video game is a must have, right? Or the newest tennis shoes or the new (fill in the blank). He can’t live without it. Oh really? Guess what? He can. I think the best way for our children to learn this truth is to engage them in helping others who are less fortunate.
How about taking them down to the local soup kitchen to help serve? Or how about taking them to a children’s home to do a project. Expose them to the fact that most people are not blessed with all that stuff. The basics are all that are required. There is nothing wrong with having nice things, but the bare necessities of life bring contentment if you are in Christ.
Do you just need Christ? Is your car not nice enough? Are your clothes not measuring up to your friends’ fashion? Stop and take a good look at what you really need. Rest in Jesus. Trust Him to provide what you need. He can, and He will.
I am content, Lord, to rest in You. You are all I really need. Help me to be more thankful for all You have blessed me with.