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1 Timothy 6:6-19

6But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People 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. 10For 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.

Paul's Charge to Timothy

11But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15which God will bring about in his own time God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.

17Command 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. 18Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19In 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.

  True wealth comes from pleasing God by doing good, being generous and sharing.

We are all in constant danger of being "in want" of material wealth, which drives us away from God's will. It pleases God when we do good. It moves us away from God when we are "in want" of riches in the world.

But, we live in the world and

  • many of us believe that we do not have what we need to make our way in the world

  • while we see that the rich have much more than they need and

  • many wealthy people are trying to get even more.

We are constantly marketed in endless ways to want more money, want more things, to be in want, All the while God asks us to pray for deliverance from want. This "temptation to get rich" is what Paul asks Timothy to flee from,

"For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil."

To be right with God, we must realize that that money is not to be loved but only used to do good. Yes, we need money and material possessions to survive in the world but, if we love money and what it can buy, we cannot come to God. We must love only God and all of God's children. If you love money, you cannot love God with all of your body mind and soul and love your neighbor as yourself. If you love money, you will not use your money to do good to others. If you love money, you will not be generous and willing to share.

Get right with God
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Right with God

Get right with God: Give freely and expect nothing in return. If you only have a little, you can still give something. God will recognize the greatness of your gift.

Get right with God: Love only God and all of God's children, never love money or worldly wealth. Realize that the wealth of the world is to be used only to do good for God's children.

Get right with God: "Fight the good fight of the faith." Fight for love of God and against greed. Don't be arrogant or put your hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put your hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.

Get right with God: Do good, be rich in good deeds, and be generous and willing to share. In this way we will lay up treasure for ourselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that we may take hold of the life that is truly life.