Godliness as a Means to Financial Gain? 1 Tim 6

#1 Question: Should we strive to be godly, so that we will become financially rich? Answer: If our motive in following Christ is money, we need to turn from that way of thinking.

1 Timothy 6:3 – 5  If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.

#2 Question: Will people become content, only when they have comfortable lives and great personal finances? Answer: Enough of anything has never helped someone be content. However, being content with whatever is provided while following Christ is gain greater than riches.

1 Timothy 6: 6 – 8 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 

#3 Question: What is Christ’s warning to those who want to get rich? Answer:  We are warned about exerting much effort for the want of riches. While I think it is good and natural to want to grow a business, expand investments, and build for the future needs of ourselves, our community and our charity, it is good to check our motivations and troubles (griefs).

1 Timothy 6:9 – 10  Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.

#4 Question: What does Jesus say we should do to keep our desire for wealth in check? Answer: It seems as if one of the things Jesus says is to always have the eye of a servant and to serve the world and not be served by it.

Mathew 20:25 – 28 But Jesus called them to him and said, “You know that the rulers of the Gentiles lord it over them, and their great ones exercise authority over them. 26 It shall not be so among you. But whoever would be great among you must be your servant, 27 and whoever would be first among you must be your slave, 28 even as the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

#5 Question: This is not easy to do in a world that often seems so individualistic. What does the Apostle Paul teach us about this? Answer: In Paul’s letter to the Philippians, we are urged to be united with Christ, and, through the comfort, love, Spirit, tenderness, and compassion we have from him, to look out for the interests of others

Philippians 2:3 – 4 Therefore if you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any common sharing in the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, 2 then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and of one mind. 3 Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit. Rather, in humility value others above yourselves, 4 not looking to your own interests but each of you to the interests of the others.

Conclusion: Strive for godliness, not for wealth, or what it will do for you, but what it will do for others and for Christ. He has bestowed wonderful blessings on you, and there is more to come. Be content (with what you have) and humble, enjoy his comfort, love, Spirit, tenderness and compassion–things we don’t have to work for. Lastly, seek to bless others.

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