Archive for December 22nd, 2017

1 Timothy 6

1 Timothy 6 has Paul writing to Timothy about riches and godliness.  “Now there is great gain in godliness with contentment, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world”.  There is a false doctrine that teaches godliness as a means to get material gain.  If we live as a Christ Follower, we’re going to have financial blessing.  That’s just not true.  God wants us to become godly, but also content.  Our focus in life should not be getting more, which is actually greed.  Our focus needs to be on gratitude for what we have recognizing that everything in this world is not ours, and it certainly won’t go with us into eternity.  Our stuff does not corrupt us, it is how we think about our stuff and our desire to get more that is the issue.

Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs”.  Money is not bad in and of itself.  It’s the love of money and making it the priority that causes our heart to be drawn away from the eternal riches God desires us to pour into and get caught up on earthly riches which will go away.  Chasing wealth can lead us away from walking with Jesus.  It messes up our priorities and causes us to make bad choices.

Rather than chasing money, Paul challenges us to “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness”.  These are the things that God wants to see as the priorities of our life.  They don’t just happen because we become Christ Followers.  We have to pursue them, and work to build them.  And it is a battle every day.  “Fight the good fight of the faith.  Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called and about which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses”. We have a very real enemy who wants to distract us with earthly things like money and stuff and divert our pursuit from that of God, to the things of this world.  We have to stay focused on eternity and what we have been called to be and do.  We have to fight to walk moment by moment with Christ.

We’ve been given the commandments to effective living – to love God and to love others.  Paul reminds us to keep those main things the main thing.  “I charge you in the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, to keep the commandment unstained and free from reproach until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ”.  Our charge is to live our lives as a testimony of our faith in Christ.  We are to stay the course and walk the walk before all those in our patch.  To do that, we have to focus on godliness, not gaining riches.  If we don’t we certainly are at risk of being pulled away from God and focusing on the wrong things.  Godliness is our charge.  God will take care of the rest!

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