Actually, godliness is a great source of profit when it is combined with being happy with what you already have. (I Timothy 6:6 CEB)
People in the Bible handle money and wealth in different ways. Adam and Eve had everything and lost it because they wanted more. Abram left wealth and the big city behind in answer to God’s call to be blessed in order to be a blessing. Some were able to find contentment in what they had while others kept reaching out for more.
Not that wealth is evil. Wealth can be a very good thing when used effectively. It’s a nice feeling to be able to pay the bills and go shopping. It feels good to give to charity or the church especially when we do it our of gratitude to God.
Money is powerful. More powerful than we realize. Money buys power and with power we have control. For the Adam and Eve’s of the world having leads to demanding more. Living a life of accumulating is a life that eventually turns and impales the accumulator. There is no meaning in accumulating. There is no peace in chasing after money. There is no profit in looking for more.
Stop. Stop what you’re doing and look around. What do you have in your life that gives you meaning? What blessings have you received from God? Yes, wealth may be one of them, considering that we live in the wealthiest nation in the world. But, I trust that after you’ve taken inventory of your life, that even on a bad day your gratitude list includes more than income.
The writer of this letter to the young pastor, Timothy, encourages the wealthy to live humbly and to seek God and God’s wealth. We can do so much good by helping others. And in that delicate balance between having blessings and finding contentment, we find the eternal.
All glory and honor be to God.