What I Told My Rich Uncle
1 Timothy 6:8-10
So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content
But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction
For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows
Just to clear the air, understand that this in no wise is asking you to become poor, or lazy at doing your job, money is really essential to be able to accomplish a lot in today’s society, or even in ancient society. This however is speaking about our focus and how we should regard money issues.
First of all, our attitude toward life is addressed, verse 8 was speaking about contentment; it’s really amazing how important it is to be content, the truth is you’ll live a happier and richer life that way. What being content means is that you’ve put in effort into your work, you aren’t suffering, and you have all you need, without induced pressure. Contentment is a state of mind, and it’s the state of mind we should imbibe.
Like I said earlier, there’s nothing wrong with having ambitions and beautiful desires that may make you rich, but that’s a long shot from desiring money itself. Some people desire success and great achievement, and others desire money, it’s a really unhealthy desire for a believer. It’ll drive you to do things that you may regret and not be proud of, in fact our key scripture calls the love of money the root of all kinds of evil; just a quick point to note that the love of money is not the root of all evil, some evil aren’t in anyway related to the love of money. That aside, believers are supposed to resist the urge to become money conscious. Society tries to portray this image to us as a lifestyle to imbibe, but trust me it’s just a one way ticket to an unhappy life.
One of the most essential things spoken about here, is the ability of the love of money to drive people to false teaching, teaching were the focus becomes selfish ambition rather than Christ’s finished work, and the work of telling others about it.
Well, don’t be poor, and don’t become a money hungry fella either, focus on your work, and most especially, focus on the truth about Christ, written in scripture…it’s the road to a happy life.
Lord, teach me to always have my focus on you, to never turn to the sides or loose focus, but to always see and focus on you.
Author – Gem