1 Timothy 6:6-11
The world attaches far more significance to money than God ever intended it to have. Instead of simply being a means of exchange for goods and services, it has become an object of greed, a source of power and prestige, and a means of achieving status, happiness, and security. With so many false hopes pinned to wealth, we must be careful not to fall for the lies. God's Word warns us of the dangers of giving money too much importance in our lives and advises us how to use it according to His purposes.
For personal needs: God wants the able-bodied to earn money to meet their own personal and family needs (2 Thess. 3:10). Christians should live within their means so they won't be a burden to others.
For God's work: Since everything we have comes from the Lord, He commanded us to give the first part of our income to Him as an act of obedience and gratitude (Prov. 3:9). Our contributions allow the gospel to be proclaimed both locally and internationally, changing the eternal destiny of countless people.
For helping others: When someone experiences a financial crisis and is truly in need, the Lord commands us to help by sharing what we have (Prov. 19:17). He never overlooks generosity and promises to repay us.
The important thing isn't how much money we have but whether we're using it as God commands. Acquiring more is never the way to achieve happiness and security. Yet as we obey the Lord's instructions about finances, we'll find the joy and contentment our hearts truly desire.
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