I Timothy 6:6-11
6 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. 9 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.
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
Today’s passage is one that we should probably read at the start of every single day. In fact, you might just want to read it through again, one more time, before continuing in this reflection.
I’m serious. Read it one more time slowly. Think about the message being conveyed here.
The worth of reading through it again and even going so far as reading it every single day is that we find here a radically counter-cultural message. If you think about it, this is the exact opposite argument of the millions of advertisements and messages that surround us every single day. We are so inundated that we cannot help but grow numb to how dramatically it affects the way we think and live.
The best example from my experience of growing in an appreciation for that was the trip I took in February of 2015 to Rwanda. We were there for a little over a week and it was on the third or fourth day that I realized that I had not been hungry like I might normally be. It was subtle. Again, it took me several days to realize it and to make the connection that the reason for that change is that I didn’t see food everywhere I went like we do here every day.
So today, let’s acknowledge together the incredible challenge that we face. It is incredibly easy to fall into the trap of thinking that we’ve earned so much more than we deserve. But, Paul says, “godliness with contentment is great gain.”
Reflect on that with me today. In what way could we be more diligent to “flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love endurance and gentleness” ?
Jesus, I acknowledge today my struggle. I believe that you are my greatest treasure and yet I confess that I often make decisions and chase after pursuits that express a different belief. Help me Lord to guard my heart, to protect the integrity of my life and to daily recommit myself to pursuing your righteousness above everything else as I serve, give and live as your disciple. AMEN.
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