Let us pause to pray a prayer of thanksgiving for all of our veterans on this Veterans Day to honor them and their families!
1 Timothy 6:3-12
“Whoever teaches otherwise and does not agree with the sound words of our Lord Jesus Christ and the teaching that is in accordance with godliness, 4 is conceited, understanding nothing, and has a morbid craving for controversy and for disputes about words. From these come envy, dissension, slander, base suspicions, 5 and wrangling among those who are depraved in mind and bereft of the truth, imagining that godliness is a means of gain. 6 Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; 7 for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; 8 but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. 9 But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains.
11 But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. ” NRSV
The author of 1 Timothy draws a clear line between the righteous and the unrighteous. This line is as relevant to us today as it was nearly two thousand years ago. The love of money still spawns countless evils. The author makes clear that the antidote to the love of money and its many evils is the love of God and the countless blessings that flow from such love and devotion. Note, it is not having money that spawns evil, but the love of money. This author does not want us to miss that distinction:
“As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, 19 thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life.” 1 Timothy 6:17-19 NRSV
This “tug of war” within us, this struggle for our hearts, is “the good fight” humankind has been fighting since our beginning. God made us in such a way that we must consciously choose to whom or to what we will give our hearts. The choice we make will be the god we serve.
Be a blessing to someone today!