“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs…. Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.”
1. The quality of our life is not defined by what we materially possess: “Godliness with contentment is great gain” (I Tim. 6:6).
Jesus: “Watch out! Be on your guard against all kinds of greed; a man’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions’” (Lk. 12:15).
2. From an eternal perspective, the level of our material possessions is of little import: ”…We brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it” (I Tim. 6:7).
After loosing his earthly possessions, Job stated: ” Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart. The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised” (Job 1:21).
“ Naked a man comes from his mother’s womb, and as he comes, so he departs. He takes nothing from his labor that he can carry in his hand ” (Ecc. 5:15).
3. God has wired us so that we can choose to be content with life’s basics: “… If we have food and clothing, we will be content with that” (I Tim. 6:8).
“…I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do everything through him who gives me strength” (Phil. 4:11-13). (See Lk. 3:14)
4. The desire to be wealthy leads to many troubles and our ultimate destruction: “… They’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after” (I Tim. 6:9,10 -Msg.). (See 2 Pet. 2:3; 1 Jn. 2:15-17)
5. If God has blessed us with material wealth, we must guard against pride: “Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant…” (I Tim. 6:17).
“You may say to yourself, ‘My power and the strength of my hands have produced this wealth for me.’ But remember the Lord your God, for it is he who gives you the ability to produce wealth, and so confirms his covenant, which he swore to your forefathers, as it is today.” (Deut. 8:17, 18) (See I Cor. 4:7)
This week, may you experience His grace, peace, and protection.
R. Dwight Hill
*Original Facts date January 4th, 2012Views: 920