01 Nov 1 Timothy 6:6-10; 17-19

But godliness actually is a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment. For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

1 Timothy 6:17-19

17 Instruct those who are rich in this present world not to be conceited or to fix their hope on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly supplies us with all things to enjoy. 18 Instruct them to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, 19 storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is life indeed.

I have heard of those people who are said to be part of the, “Jet Set”. Well, in a time of high taxes and a higher cost of living, it may be understandable if we placed ourselves in the, “Debt Set”. I feel like my bank account needs, “month-to-month resuscitation”. Money plays a pretty big role in our daily lives, yet it goes without saying that we should not be greedy and we must always remember that money will not ultimately bring us security nor happiness. Proverbs 23: 4-5 says, “Do not wear yourself out to get rich; have the wisdom to show restraint. Cast but a glance at riches and they are gone, for they will surely sprout wings and fly off to the sky like an eagle.” Now, God never condemns the rich for being rich. You see, both the prosperous and those without abundance fight the battles of envy and greed. The key to contentment is to have an attitude of satisfaction coupled with inner peace added to your moment-by-moment walk with God. I don’t think anyone is born with contentment or why would a baby cry? Contentment is something we must learn. We can’t take any of our stuff with us so we should consider ourselves blessed if we have the essentials. If you have an authentic relationship with God and you are satisfied with the love, joy, and peace that Jesus grows within you, then you should consider yourself one who has great wealth.