Devotions for July 28, 2017

1 TIMOTHY 6:9-14

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.

Paul’s Final Instructions
11 But you, Timothy, are a man of God; so run from all these evil things. Pursue righteousness and a godly life, along with faith, love, perseverance, and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight for the true faith. Hold tightly to the eternal life to which God has called you, which you have declared so well before many witnesses. 13 And I charge you before God, who gives life to all, and before Christ Jesus, who gave a good testimony before Pontius Pilate, 14 that you obey this command without wavering. Then no one can find fault with you from now until our Lord Jesus Christ comes again.

MONEY: SUBMISSION = SANCTIFICATION

Paul encourages Timothy, his son in the faith, to pursue sanctification in his walk with the Lord. That is, to continue to grow and become more like Jesus. Paul warns Timothy of one of the biggest “breeding grounds” for evil, the love of money, but reminds him that to submit to God’s word, is to pursue sanctification. Are you submitting to God and his word?

PERSONAL REFLECTION

Q: What is the root of all kinds of evil? Is it the same thing as you thought?

Q: Sanctification is the process of being transformed into the image and likeness of Jesus. Where are you in your sanctification process? Have you asked if there are areas that you can change in order to show submission and trust to God?

Q: How does the sanctification process look in your life when it comes to money? Are you allowing yourself to be transformed into the likeness of Jesus in your finances?

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