Growing Contentment and Generosity – Day 23, May 10

This is a 4-week topical study on growing contentment and generosity in our hearts (click on the Reading Plan tab on the website for a list of the scriptures by day).  The word “content” means not needing more, and the word “generous” means open-handed giving. As we look at what the Bible has to say about wealth and riches, it is my prayer that we would open our hands’ grip just a little bit more on the stuff of this world and grow generosity in its place. During this study, I hope you will share your stories of how God provides in our comments section on the website, as a testimony and encouragement to our readers to take these baby steps in the direction of God and just see what happens.

Read today’s scripture, journal on it using SOAP, then please share as we encourage one another in this one thing. Below is the NIV version of today’s reading, then below that is a SOAP from one of our study leaders. The Comments section on our website is an open forum for sharing, requesting prayer, and asking questions.

1 Timothy 6:3-21

False Teachers and the Love of Money

These are the things you are to teach and insist on. If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 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 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.
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 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.

Final Charge to Timothy

11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ, 15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see. To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.
Grace be with you all.

Charge It!  | Dyea Rowland

Scripture

1 Timothy 6:7

Observation

There are many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. Verse 10 states, 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. So when will enough be enough; what is enough?

Application

Jesus, You came to Earth to love, live, and die. On that day, You made a priceless deposit into my account, that account being not only free, but one of hope, life, and of a promise that You would come for me again. Let me be wise with my account, Jesus; let me be a part of making others rich with all the good things within.

Prayer

Father, I came into this world with nothing. I want to be rooted in You and Your truth; I want to leave with all the riches of knowing You personally. What a privilege to have my own personal charge account. Knowing, if I use it wisely, it will only gain interest. Jesus, take the things of this world and give me You, because I can never have enough of You. In Your plentiful name…Amen.

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  1. Having voted in the Nebraska primary this morning, when I read the first part of today’s reading, I just couldn’t get the current political climate out of my head. Looks like Paul knows our politicians pretty well! Thankfully, He cleared my head so I could receive the Word He had for me.

    The last part of verse 17 says God richly provides us with everything for enjoyment. But our world is all about money buying us happiness. It’s like reading the parable of the rich man, when Jesus tells him the One Thing he must do is sell all of his possessions and it’s easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to get to heaven, my spirit is crushed thinking there’s no way I could possibly get to heaven then. But for the rich man, Jesus knew that selling all of his possessions was the only way to get him to change his perspective and put his hope in God rather than things, so that his enjoyment could be found in God’s provision rather than in what he bought for himself. Keep my perspective changed, focused on You! Help me to obey Your commands–not to be arrogant, to put hope in God rather than wealth, to do good, and to be generous and willing to share.

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