1 Timothy 6:6-10
1 Timothy 6:6-10
Ø Context: Some people didn’t like the doctrine of conforming to godliness and so they were creating controversy, disputes and constant friction. They thought that some from of “godliness” was a means to great gain.
Ø Paul then goes on to tell us godliness is a means to great gain when accompanied with contentment.
Ø The contentment he speaks about is specifically related to our material possessions.
o We brought nothing into the world and cannot take anything out of the world.
o We should be content with food and clothing
Ø Wanting to get rich and the love of money are:
o A temptation
o A snare
o Foolish and harmful desires
o Plunge men into ruin and destruction
o The root of all sorts of evil
o Causes for some to wander away from the faith
o A way to pierce ourselves with many griefs.
Ø Further along in Timothy 6 we learn that we should not put our hope in money but in God. And Paul instructs us to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share.
1. Search my heart. Am I pursuing godliness? What does that look like? Is that something I earnestly desire? In what ways is God currently refining my character?
2. Am I content with what the Lord has given me materially or do I long for more? If I long for more, I should repent and ask God to help me be content.
3. Do I want to get rich or love money? Do I believe that these longing will lead to ruin, destruction, wandering from faith and grief?
Above all else I want to be godly and reflect your character. I know I fall short. Thank you that you have forgiven me. And thank you that, by the power of the Holy Spirit, you will lead me on to be more and more like You. I confess that I like material comforts. We are surrounded by excess in the Bay Area and it is so easy to feel like the extras are necessary. But root out in me any love for money. Let me turn from every temptation in that regard. May I believe the truth that those desires and longing are not good and lead to ruin, destruction, wandering and grief. Free me from any jealousy or coveting of material things. Let me seek first your kingdom and righteousness, believing you will add to it what we need. Let me be content and grateful for all that you have provided. And we who live in the Bay Area are rich. So help us to be rich in good works, generous and ready to share. Lord, I see that the love of money has crept into my life. I see that at times I want my security to rest in my savings account rather than in You. Forgive me Lord. Let me hope and security be found in You alone. Amen.
Posted on Wed, February 3, 2016
by joel king