January 20, 2019
By: Jim Eschenbacher
This week, I was unable to attend church so I listened to the sermon on line. You can do likewise. I went to Mountain Vista Bible Church… clicked on ‘sermons’ under the media heading. This was the second in a series on giving.
It was very timely.
1 Timothy 6:6-19… Now, there is great gain in godliness with contentment. “contentment” = We brought nothing into his world when we came and we can take nothing out. We need to be ok with that. The world tries to convince us that some stuff is permanent. Nothing this world has to offer is permanent.
Verse 10… For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evils.
This is a modern translation. The KJV reads, ‘The love of money is the root of all evil.” Notice, it does not say, Money is the root of evil; love is. This reminds me of a verse Drew included in last week’s sermon. “You can not serve God and money; for you will love one and hate the other… etc.” Love of money equates with hatred toward God. And there is the root of all evil.
Drew spent a good amount of time on the word “contentment.” It is kind of like the opposite of greed and lust. Paul explains it further to Timothy.
Verse 8… But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.
When Drew read that verse, I was challenged because I have a car and a house too. Would I be content without those? I m not sure. My wife just took off in the car. She was going to get some groceries. The car is a means to food and also to clothes. Her job is also a means to those things.
The real question is, “Am I content?” Riches can lead us astray.
Verse 9… But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.
Have you discovered that distraction? Have you gone down that detour?
I have thought that I am mature enough to handle a lot of money. Apparently God is smarter than me… you think? Part of our transformation is that we will learn to love God more than wealth. What is wealth? Money represents wealth; it is not, in and of itself, wealth. Money is mostly paper and some coins of mineral makeup. What money can do is buy influence and comfort. The prince of this world loves those things. Satan likes to have influence over our lives. He tempts us with the same things he likes.
That reminds me of the big question, “Am I more influenced by God or by Satan?” This sermon just got s lot more important. It is about more than giving; it is about love. When we are content, we can be generous. Lack of contentment, wanting more, does not allow us to be generous with others.
Verse 17… As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God who richly provides us with everything to enjoy.
There is no sin in being wealthy; there are temptations that come with the territory. But… we need not try to be poor in order to please God. Drew talked about the place of Americans in the world. We are the rich ones. We are in the top 5% of all people. God looks down and sees all people at the same time. That is a good reason to never complain about lack. Take a test.
Which would you miss the most? Something of worldly value, like a car or a boat or some jewelry or your home. Or else, a friendship, peace, acquaintances. He ended the sermon with a challenge. There is a hotel being built next door to the church. We are invited to meet at the church this Wednesday at 5:30 to walk over to the unfinished hotel and pray for it. Also, we, as a church, can put a Gideon’s Bible in every room. The Bibles are only $5.00 each. Be generous and give toward that goal.
At this point in the series, I realize I don’t give because I have extra; I give because God is worth more than all the stuff I could acquire. I was born with a singing voice. God gave that to me. That can leave this world with me. But, all that I have accumulated won’t leave with me. Thank you, Drew, for studying this.