Under Gods Command

1 Timothy 6:6-10 But godliness with contentment is great gain.

This statement is the key to spiritual growth and personal fulfillment.  We should honor God and center our desires on him (“godliness,” see Matthew 6:33), and we should be content with what God is doing in our lives (Philippians 4:11-13).

  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 grief’s. 

 Despite overwhelming evidence to the contrary, most people still believe that money brings happiness.  Rich people craving greater riches can be caught in an endless cycle that only ends in ruin and destruction.  How can you keep away from the love of money? Paul gives us some guidelines:

(1)   realize that one day riches will all be gone

(2)   be content  with what you have

(3)   monitor what you are willing to do to get money

(4)   love people more than money

(5)   freely share what you have with others (6:18)

Lets Bring it Home: It is often helpful to distinguish between needs and wants.  We may have all we need to live but let ourselves become anxious and discontented over what we merely want.  Like Paul, we can choose to be content without having all that we want.  The only alternative is to be a slave to our desires.

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