April 7, 2015 by pastorjdo3
1 Timothy 6:9-10 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. 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. But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
The focus of our study tonight, is hedged on the words Paul shared with young preacher Timothy. As a mentor to many, not just a a planter of churches, Paul had seen and experienced many things, and freely shared his wisdom with those God had called to labor for the Kingdom of God.
Though often ignored in this passage, we must keep in mind that the book of Timothy is like a Mentor writing to a Mentee. He is a Senior Pastor, writing to a Campus Pastor. A Father writing to a Son. This is important, because the same message Paul is writing to Timothy, he could be writing to many church leaders today. Paul warns the young preacher not to get caught up in chasing money. Why? Because Paul had possibly seen other men of God enter with pure hearts and minds, and in the process, found themselves corrupted and off track by yielding to another master. Though I would argue not many, Paul lets us know that money has been a corrupting factor in the life of some, and that Timothy must be aware that the potential is there because of its presence.
Though written to a fellow clergyman, the same rule that applies to the pulpit applies to the pew. The desire for money has lead many to corruption. It has taken people with great hearts, marvelous talents, and made them Scrooges, that lack compassion, sympathy and empathy for anyone or any situation. It has empowered many, becoming their source of esteem and stability, and has pulled them away from the true source of all these things.
To avoid these things, and to determine where we are, we can divide things into two list: Necessities and Luxuries. As a hint, your Necessities list should be very short, and your list of luxuries should be very long. The reality is that we have mis-categorized certain things as necessities. It is this improper labeling that causes us to feel as though we are suffering and going without, as opposed to the realization that we are swimming in surplus, and living lives of luxury. Though there is nothing wrong with having some of the finest things in life, we must be aware that these and other things open the door and give access to compete for the top seat in our hearts.
In conclusion, Paul reminds Timothy to flee from the trappings of evil, remaining humble, and keeping a proper perspective on wealth as a resource, a means to an end, not the beginning of happiness, or the door to peace and security. Paul sheds light on the life of those that live according to their wealth, revealing that the hallway ends with frustration and disappointment. He warns in James that their reward will be watching it corrode. It will waste away faster than we can spend it, or be wasted by those who follow us whose itchy hands have been in love with it, just as we have been.