Please read our passages for today – 1 Timothy 6:2b – 10 and Isaiah 30.
I will be focussing on the Timothy passage.
When Jesus taught His disciples to pray, “Give us this day our daily bread,” He didn’t get it wrong. Most of us would probably be more comfortable if he had of prayed that we might have 10 years worth of bread – perhaps tucked away in stocks and/or bonds. But if it was like this I probably would not have the same motivation to rely on God for each day.
What God wants for me is to cultivate an attitude of contentment with what I have now. Having “food and clothing”, Paul said, “we will be content with that.” God provides the necessities – but do we really need the luxuries?
How come? Well, when we die, nothing material that we have worked for and collected will go with us. But what is essentially “me” – all that I am as an individual, what I am as a person or will become, is carried on into eternity. When it comes down to it – nothing else really matters. These few short years that we have on this planet are to prepare us for eternity.
All of us who are reading this blog are more than likely rich by the world’s standards. (that is we have running water into our homes – or even that we have a home!) We have finances and our life somewhat planned out. That means we miss out on the blessing of trusting God for our daily bread. That being the case, we really have to work very hard at keeping our riches in place and not letting them take over our lives, remembering that every material possession will be left behind.
This thought leads us on to verses 9 and 10, “the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil”. The common misquote of this verse says, “Money is the root of all evil”. This is a double misunderstanding. Money isn’t bad in itself, and having money doesn’t automatically make you a bad person. And, every evil does not find its roots in money. There is an enormous blessing by Christians in giving their money to help others.
What Paul warned against is a love for money. That passion for wealth can motivate a person to any and every sort of evil deed. The love for money can lead a person to lie, to defraud others, to betray friends, to steal, cheat, slander,to murder. A person whose goal is to get rich is sure to be betrayed by that passion.
My passage ends at verse 10, but can I quote verse 11, “Flee from all this”. In other words don’t get caught up by the love of money.
Have a great day,