αὐτάρκεια

(ow-tar-kay-ah)

1. a perfect condition of life in which no aid or support is needed.
2. sufficiency of the necessities of life.
3. a mind contented with its lot, contentment.

2 Corinthians 9:8 – “And God is able to provide you with every blessing in abundance, so that by always having enough of everything, you may share abundantly in every good work.”

1 Timothy 6:6 – “Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment;”

May we understand the wisdom in which Paul uses this term (aka – may we read the verses before and after each of these). This is not an assurance that God will give us any sort of material wealth or status. This also speaks as a reminder that godliness is NOT a means of gain. If anything, it’s a means of loss. A beautiful, foolish, and love-filled loss.

May we each seek autarkeia in our lives this week…
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