1 Timothy 6:2c-21, Psalm 113


Most of us have heard about how “the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil.” (1 Timothy 6:10) We nod with intellectual agreement with any preacher that quotes this verse, all the while hoping we can become like the “rich in this present world” Paul insists that Timothy teach “not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth” (1 Timothy 6:17). Most of us acknowledge that loving money is at the heart of many vices, but still believe we would be the sort of person that could relate well to acquired riches, and of course “be generous and willing to share” (1 Timothy 6:18) The truth our hearts and heads are unwilling to bear is, “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.” (1 Timothy 6:9) Note this warning isn't for those seeking to get rich or working to get rich, but for those that “want to get rich”. Even the desire alone can plunge people into ruin and destruction. I have seen far too many people, both the actually rich and the wannabe rich, destroyed by their successes or longings. Still, my heart longs to be comfortable like those with large houses and beautiful boats, for I trick myself with the illusion I could have many possessions while maintaining generosity with and detachment from them. I am quite good at make believe. So I pray that instead of pursuing riches, God would burden my heart to “lay up treasures…as a firm foundation for the coming age” (1 Timothy 6:19), instead of pursuing these treasures that I “cannot take out” (1 Timothy 6:9) of this life.