Riches with a Purpose

July 26, 2021

Riches with a Purpose

1Timothy 6:6-10

But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10For 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.

Money means the most to him that desires and covets it, but though he may possess it the promises that it brought are barren of the joy and fulfillment that he sought.  The joy of money is in the giving and not in the getting.  It is a tool and a means, but not an end in itself.  Many would sell their souls for riches, but in their riches they only find spiritual poverty and want.  God blesses us and prospers us so that we might be a blessing and in being that faithful steward and blessing, we are blessed.  May God give us the vision and the hearts that will take the seed that He has provided us and plant it into His kingdom that it might bring forth a great harvest in the earth. 

Our treasures are not of this world, but God gives us worldly treasure that we might invest it into an eternal inheritance.  No, we can’t buy our way into heaven, but with the heart of a good and faithful servant we can be a channel for earthly resources and we can channel those resources to heavenly purposes. 

As the people of God we don’t seek to find our contentment and fulfillment in riches.  If we do then our focus is on mammon and not on God.  It is God’s good pleasure, to often times, bless those who are faithful to His purposes, but with a covetous heart they would only stumble.  The riches of this world and what we possess are not the measure of God’s favor.  The riches I would covet are His presence and His fellowship, because at His right hand there is fullness of joy.  When God shows up in His manifest presence there is no amount of money that can buy that kind of experience and blessing. 

God’s Word exhorts us, that with our basic needs met, to be content.  So often the precious gift of life and loved ones passes us by in our pursuit for more of the world’s gain.  Like the adage says, “we can’t take it with us.”  May the Lord help us to keep our focus on the things that pertain to life and godliness, that is where we will find our contentment.  We need to treasure the riches we have in our family, friends and those who love us.  With a right fellowship with the Father and the love and fellowship of others in this life we have found the greatest riches of all.  Don’t be deceived by fool’s gold, but seek the gold that perishes not with the using.

Blessings,

#kent

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