1 Timothy 6 Lesson

Being Content In All Things

THE LOVE OF MONEY

In 1 Timothy Chapter 6, Paul touches on one of the most powerful tools of the Devil, the love of money. He issues a stern warning in the following verse about the trouble we can find ourselves in when we prioritize money more than we should:

  • “For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith.” – 1 Timothy 6:10.

It is a dangerous thing to get caught up in the pursuit of money and material possessions.   The Devil understands this and will try his best to tempt us by using our own ambition against us. He will do everything within his power to take our focus away from God and onto the things of this world.  

Advertisers have gotten good at making us feel that we “have to have” something, when in fact we do not.  The world will bombard us with messages that suggest life is more about where we vacation than how we serve the Lord.

But is that what the Bible says?

BEING CONTENT NO MATTER THE CIRCUMSTANCES

The message that Paul is sending to Timothy, is that we are to be content in whatever circumstances we find ourselves in. This requires a spirit of humility and a realization that the glory that awaits us in Heaven is far greater than any temporary sufferings that we might experience while on earth.

Consider the following instructions that the wiser, more experience Paul gave to the younger and more vulnerable Timothy:

  • “If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content.  But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction.” – 1 Timothy 6:8-9.

DO NOT CONFORM TO THE WAYS OF THE WORLD

Christians are not supposed to conform to the ways of the world, we are supposed to be transformed and rise above those superficial things! Paul wrote about this in his letter to the Romans:

  • “Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformedby the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.” –Romans 12:2.

There is an old expression that says:

“Even if you win the rat race, you are still a rat.”

As Jesus warned us:

  • “It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God.” – Mark 10:25.

Knowing this, why would we spend our time trying to get rich?   That does not make sense if our hope is in Jesus, and our goal is to spend eternity in Heaven.

HOW GOD WANTS US TO SPEND OUR TIME

Instead of spending our days chasing after earthly treasures that will fade away, God wants us to do two things:

  1. Glorify Him,
  2. Serve others.

To please God, we need to spend less time doing what the world thinks is important and more time on what God tells us is important.

So how does God want us to spend our time?   Here are four scriptures that help answer that question:

  1. “You shall love the Lord your guard with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind.   This is the first and greatest commandment.”Mathew 22:37-38. Jesus tells us that nothing is more important to God than us showing our love for Him, and we do this by keeping His commandments. Jesus said in John 14:15. “If you love Me, keep My commandments.”
  2. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” Mathew 22:39.This is the second most important commandment, behind only loving God.   To love our neighbor means taking the time to get to know them.   There is an old saying that says, “People do not care how much you know until they know how much you care.”   The more we demonstrate the love of Jesus, the more receptive people will be to hearing the gospel.  
  3. “Finally, brethren, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things.” – Philippians 4:8. God wants us to think about beautiful things!   We need to be careful what we are putting into our minds and make sure they would be pleasing to God.
  4. “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” – Mathew 28:19-20.   God wants us to share the gospel.   He wants us to talk about Jesus with people that we meet and to tell them how important our faith is to us.   If somebody has a question about why our faith is important to us, God wants us to have an answer.   1 Peter 3:15 says, “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that youhave.But do this with gentleness and respect.”

CONCLUSION

God wants us to be content with whatever He has provided for us. As Christians, we need to defend ourselves against the relentless attacks of the Devil who will try to tempt us into believing that money and ambition are the keys to success.

Instead of conforming to the ways of the world, God wants us to be transformed and to focus our energy on glorifying Him and serving others.

We will end today’s lessons with the following two scriptures:

  1. “I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances.  I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty.”Philippians 4:11,
  2. Make sure that your character is free from the love of money, being content with what you have; for He, Himself has said, “I will never desert you, nor will I ever forsake you.” - Hebrews 13:5.

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