1 Timothy 6:3–10 (Listen)
3 If anyone teaches a different doctrine and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that accords with godliness, 4 he is puffed up with conceit and understands nothing. He has an unhealthy craving for controversy and for quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, 5 and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 But godliness with contentment is great gain, 7 for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. 8 But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. 9 But 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. 10 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 & God
Money cannot and will not bring happiness. Money is like a drug in which you have the need to accumulate more and more of it to get the feeling of pleasure, but it only lasts for a moment until you need more. Getting caught in this endless cycle is asking for trouble. We need to realize that money comes and goes. Be content with what God has given, and generously share your wealth because you can’t take it with you. Our love should be displayed towards God and others rather than money. Money has no eternal value, but it does have the value to influence change. Though you can do good with money, it should not be our god. Choose to use money in light of God’s Word.
Challenge: Faithfully give and trust God with your tithe to your church and see God do transforming work in your life.
Reflection: Where do you invest your time, talents and treasures? Are you generous or greedy?