“Devotion to God is, in fact, a way for people to be very rich, but only if it makes them satisfied with what they have. When we came into the world, we brought nothing. And when we die, we can take nothing out. So, if we have food and clothes, we will be satisfied with that. People who want to be rich bring temptations to themselves. They are caught in a trap. They begin to want many foolish things that will hurt them. These things ruin and destroy people. The love of money causes all kinds of evil. Some people have turned away from what we believe because they want to get more and more money. But they have caused themselves a lot of pain and sorrow.” 1 Timothy 6:6-10 ERV Bible
Is acquiring wealth or having lots of money and all material stuff really bad? Not at all. It is not money itself that causes all the evil but the LOVE OF MONEY. Even King Solomon realized that money can solve a lot of problems (Ecclesiastes 10:9b). We could agree. We all need money for us to be able to survive in this world. Some of us got a family to support, bills to pay, and daily needs to be taken care of. The Bible even describes those believers who cannot take care of their own families’ needs as ‘worse’ than those who do not believe in God (1 Timothy 5:8). It is God’s intention to see us blessed and are able to become a blessing to others.
The love of money is really a dangerous thing. In our main passage, Paul was giving his young disciple Timothy a brief orientation about battling greed. Paul was opening the mind of this vigorous, young man to the reality of the snare of love of money. When somebody desires to be rich, it always entails walking into a trap line. If we will not be careful, we could end up being snared to this trap. It is a very dangerous thing.
So what does it have to do with us? God wants us to have contentment and to be satisfied in Him. He wants us blessed with material things, but these worldly wealth should not take the place of God in our lives. God should always be our greatest reward in this world. Because the truth is, there is no one or nothing in this world that could match the worth of God—in the person of Jesus Christ, the hope of glory.
May we love the Lord our God with all we have, more than anything in this world and be satisfied in Him forever. May we become good stewards of the wealth God has entrusted us. May we have the conviction and the will to battle the lure of money in our lives. May we honor God and enjoy Him alone and not any idol.
“Why does God bless us with abundance? So we can have enough to live on, and then use the rest for all manner of good works that alleviate spiritual and physical misery. Enough for us; abundance for others.”- John Piper, Desiring God
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