1 Timothy 6
-Paul’s last chapter in this letter focuses primarily on contentment and keeping unstained from the love of money in ministry. Before he delves into that though, he speaks on proper respect for authority towards masters, especially those who believe in Christ Jesus (1 Timothy 6:1-3). *Application* Our bosses and those in charge of us in society have a duty and responsibility to us, but we have one to them as well. Properly respect those whom you serve as pleasing unto God because He is ultimately who you serve (Colossians 3:22-24).
-Paul again focuses on proper doctrine and sound words of wisdom from the Lord to his pupil Timothy. Those who reject sound teaching are puffed up with conceit and understand nothing (1 Timothy 6:4). “These have an unhealthy craving for controversy and quarrels about words, which produce envy, dissension, slander, evil suspicions, and constant friction among people who are depraved in mind and deprived of the truth (1 Timothy 6:4-5).” These are the ones who are in the ministry for sordid gain and are on the path to a shipwrecked faith because they seek lucre (money, wealth, profit) rather than contentment (1 Timothy 6:5-10). *Application* When money becomes our god, we will fall into temptation, ruin, destruction, falling from the faith, and many sorrows (griefs, pangs). Be content with food and clothing. God does not like worry and commands us not to do it (Matthew 6:25-34).
-Rather than being consumed with wealth, Paul instructs his spiritual son, and us, to pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness, which are all fruits of the Holy Spirit. We are to fight the good fight of faith and take hold of our confession, just like Jesus did who deserves all glory and praise. He will adequately provide for us according to His riches in glory. We are to do good, be rich in good works, be generous, and ready to always share storing up treasure in a good foundation for the future, which takes hold of that which is truly life (1 Timothy 6:11-19). Guard the deposit entrusted to you and avoid irreverent babble and contradiction of what is falsely called knowledge. Don’t swerve from the faith (1 Timothy 6:20-21). *Application* These are great exhortations to live by. Live a life that you can have peace with. Live by the Holy Spirit who indwells you as a New Covenant believer. Don’t drift into worldly desires and pleasures. You’ll be sad you did in the long run.
Verse to Memorize- 1 Timothy 6:10