1 Timothy 6:9-12 – 9 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. 10 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 griefs.
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight 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.
The Bible and especially the New Testament doesn’t read like an American get rich book. I read them growing up. I was encouraged by more people to read them vs. the Bible, but ultimately I chose to read them at that time instead of the Bible. I knew what those books were telling me. Since I wasn’t reading the
Bible and I couldn’t tell you what it was saying at all.
I’ve read both of them now. It’s not a matter of taste where the truth lies in the words.
After studying the Bible, I know who the author is of it and I know who the author is of those get rich books.
You don’t even have to have money to love it. There are people that chase after it or things that pertain to it their whole lives and many never get it. Doesn’t matter, because that is where their hearts were.
Verse 9 talks about the temptation of foolish and harmful desires. Those things plunge men into ruin and destroy lives. I’ve seen some walk on a tight wire teetering much of their lives. Most everyone in this country has. The bad thing is no one who is trapped into it ever thinks its them, until they have hit rock bottom or pulled themselves out of it and into a new life with the Lord.
Verses 11 & 12 are the answer to 9 & 10.
Flee from the things of the world. Flee from the temptation. Flee from the destruction.
I know it’s tough. It’s all that is taught by the world today. The fallen flesh desires the very things that most are chasing after. Success by the world’s standards is based off the material possessions and positions attained. Not everyone thinks that way, but the world as a whole does and it is stronger than ever.
Most of us today live in the top 1 percent of luxury and wealth when you figure the beginning of man until the present. There were Kings that didn’t have access to what the average man takes for granted today. Yet most of us are only worried about what we don’t have and what more we could have. We desire it in the name of achievement and motivation.
God wants that same achievement and motivation from us to go towards His Kingdom and in our commitment and love to Him.
I want you to be RICH. Rich in your desire and relationship with the Lord.