Devotions for January 16, 2018

1 TIMOTHY 6:3-10

3 Some people may contradict our teaching, but these are the wholesome teachings of the Lord Jesus Christ. These teachings promote a godly life. 4 Anyone who teaches something different is arrogant and lacks understanding. Such a person has an unhealthy desire to quibble over the meaning of words. This stirs up arguments ending in jealousy, division, slander, and evil suspicions. 5 These people always cause trouble. Their minds are corrupt, and they have turned their backs on the truth. To them, a show of godliness is just a way to become wealthy.

6 Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. 7 After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. 8 So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.

9 But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.


“If only I could win the lottery…” “If only I was rich…”
Have you said these words, or maybe something similar? Maybe you haven’t voiced it, but you felt it? Paul is very explicit on the dangers of money.


Q: How does Paul describe the love of money? As Christians, where are we to find our contentment?

Q: Understanding that the eager pursuit of money is a trap, how does this change your view of it and its importance in your life?

Q: How can you share this message with someone who is searching for an “easy money” life?



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