Things To Reconcile 3
“But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it iscertain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.” 1Timothy 6:6-10
Simply put, the one claiming to live the Christian life, hoping and striving to get rich as a result of it, is destined for disappointment. The life of the believer is not about the acquisition of riches or amassing great sums of money through clever scheming, grifting the wealthy or exploiting the poor.
Grifting– ... obtaining money falsely through the use of swindles, frauds, dishonest gambling, etc.Source: www.dictionary.com/browse/grifting
One of the first principles of our faith, when it comes to matters of basic living that will bring contentment, is to seek first the Kingdom of God and His righteousness and all the things necessary for life will be added to us. Seeking the Kingdom of God and His righteousness also involves asking for it. That is, recognizing that God is our source of all things, so He is the One we go to first for whatever the needs are in our lives. Then, He directs us to the means of getting them.
“Therefore take no thought, saying, What shall we eat? or, What shall we drink? or, Wherewithal shall we be clothed? (For after all these things do the Gentiles seek:) for your heavenly Father knoweth that ye have need of all these things.But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you.
Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matthew 6:31-34
Now this is not a one-time thing where we ask for God’s provision and money rains down from the sky and we become wealthy, so much so, that we don’t need God’s help. We become suddenly so sufficient that we then say to Father, “Thanks for your help. I can take it from here.” And we go off thinking we’re set for life. Now we got it made.
Even if we were to go from barely getting by to being super rich monetarily, from God’s perspective, we still need to seek first His kingdom and righteousness because money is a poor and futile substitute for God. When money becomes our source God ceases to be [Matthew 6:24]. Money no matter how little or how much cannot save us. The rich and the poor are alike in this.
Surely God wants his children wealthy beyond measure so that they are not out begging for bread and are equipped for every good work and charitable (love) giving. [2 Corinthians 9:8 AMP] The wealth of this world was intended to be in the hands of God’s sons and daughters. We are the just for which it is laid up.
“A good man leaveth an inheritance to his children’s children: and the wealth of the sinnerislaid up for the just.” Proverbs 13:22
But, seeking wealth for wealth’s sake is a low level of life that can only end in destruction. I continue, even after many years of seeing it happen time and again, to marvel at the ungodly who manage to gain great wealth through all sorts of endeavors, the stock market, the entertainment industry, sports, business, invention, discovery, technology, inheritances from wealthy parents, yet, their wealth becomes their undoing by means of wantonness “because they can afford it,” drugs, alcohol, abuse of opioids, sexual impropriety, adultery, murder, violence, depravity, self- aggrandizement, self-indulgences, excesses of living, lasciviousness*, wasteful spending and all such things that are just the opposite of the righteous person’s life, who gain their wealth by God’s wisdom, grace and favor.
*Lasciviousness – lewd, prurient, base sexual desires and actions, unbridled lust
To be in right relationship with God, is great contentment because we know we now have peace with God because of what Jesus, our Savior has done for us and this world is not our final home. Our eternity of love, joy and peace is assured and secure by the presence of the Holy Spirit with us and in us. We know that God is pleased with us because our hope and reliance are not on stuff, on ourselves or on some wisdom of man, but our hope is in Jesus Christ alone and in Him we have the peace that passes all understanding. We have no righteousness on our own based on our good works or perfect living. Our righteous has been imparted to us on the same way our salvation was purchased for us at such a precious price.
And we are confident that God will never abandon or desert us. The righteous will never be for forsaken or out begging for bread.
“I have been young, and nowam old; yet have I not seen the righteous forsaken, nor his seed begging bread. He isever merciful, and lendeth; and his seedisblessed.” Psalm 37:25-26
God is faithful to the righteous from generation to generation. We and our children can face tomorrow, whatever it may bring, not because our bank accounts are ever increasing, or our pantries are fully stocked, or we are more than sufficiently supplied with the necessities of life and so much more. No. We can face tomorrow because we know the Author and Finisher of our faith has overcome death, hell and the grave and has raised us up from death to life by His resurrection from the dead.
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for his great love wherewith he loved us, Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;) And hath raised usup together, and made ussit together heavenly places n Christ Jesus: That in the ages to come he might shew the exceeding riches of his grace in his kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.” Ephesians 2:4-7
The love of money is the root of all evil. Having money is not the problem. Loving it, that is, placing it as a higher priority in our lives than God, placing the acquisition and preservation of it, ahead of God, this is the root of all evil. To see money as more worthy of our time and attention than seeking God (to know Him, to know His Word and to do it); this is loving money and worshiping it as though it were God.
It is important to remember that this letter of Paul to Timothy is addressed to believers. Loving money becomes a doorway for Christians to err from the faith. When Christians put money first they set themselves up for the devil to run over their lives and bring all kinds of evil into it and the end of it is many sorrows. So, we seek the Kingdom of God. We seek His righteousness while enjoying the contentment of what we have by His grace.
Therefore, let us be thankful always to God, through our Lord Jesus Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit Who is always at work in us to cause us to be pleasing to God.
“And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess; but be filled with the Spirit; Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs, singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord; Giving thanks always for all things unto God and the Father in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ; Submitting yourselves one to another in the fear of God.” Ephesians 5:18-21
“Giving thanksunto the Father, which hath made us meet to be partakers of the inheritance of the saints in light: Who hath delivered us from the power of darkness, and hath translated us into the kingdom of his dear Son: In whom we have redemption through his blood, eventhe forgiveness of sins: And let the peace of God rule in your hearts, to the which also ye are called in one body; and be ye thankful.” Colossians 1:12-15
Gratitude to God is a strong defense against the temptation to be ensnared by the love of money. Godliness with contentment is a sure and great reward for living the life of faith and peace, the life or righteousness peace and joy in the Holy Spirit.
“For the kingdom of God is not meat and drink; but righteousness, and peace, and joy in the Holy Ghost.” Romans 14:17