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Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-12
…who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people 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.
Observation: Obviously, there were some people/pastors/preachers/religious folk who had gone off script. They were no longer teaching the Word of God and the Good News of Jesus Christ but were adding to it and Paul writes Timothy to give him some guidance in this area.
Application: In our society today, there are many “mega-pastors” who are preaching a Prosperity message. Telling their flocks that God wants to bless you and his blessings will make you rich. In of itself, that is very true. God does want to bless us and wants to make us rich, but I have a very hard time believing that what God has in mind is to increase our bank accounts and to have pastors flying around the country on private jets. This doesn’t make sense to me and it doesn’t go along with my interpretation of Scripture.
No where in the Scriptures do we see someone profiting monetarily from their faith in God. Paul didn’t get rich, he went to prison. Peter and the other disciples didn’t get rich, they met very violent deaths. Jesus didn’t get rich, he rode into town (not in a Lear Jet) not even on a big white horse, but on the back of a donkey’s colt.
Wealth and power are a very dangerous combination. Our blessing is not in a big bank account, a big house, a nice car or even a jet. Our blessing comes in the form of Faith, Hope, Love, Endurance, Godliness, and righteousness.
Prayer: God, it’s so easy to desire the nicest things in life and to allow that desire to cloud our faith. Keep me on track and on point in delivering your message so that I may not fall into those trappings of success that have caused so many good men/women to self-destruct. Amen