Verse: 1 Timothy 6:20-21
Avoid the irreverent babble and contradictions of what is falsely called “knowledge,” for by professing it some have swerved from the faith.
1 Timothy 6:20-21
In this final instruction in 1st Timothy there is clear instructions to avoid the thinking of the “rich” in earthly possessions. One of the discussions I most often have with unChristian friends is one regarding money and wealth. Where I see my needs as ones relative to the ministry God has called us to, they see things differently.
For a long time I chased the $ and the dream of becoming rich and in my process of trying to “provide for my family” I found myself destroying the very family relationship I was trying to “sustain.” Not that it wouldn’t be easier if money wasn’t a constant battle… but when placed in proper perspective the financial needs of this family are being met. Now it is MY responsibility to make sure the emotional and spiritual needs of this family are being met as well.
I have books on how rich people think, how they act, how they got rich and how they continue to get richer. Good reading and really good knowledge for the business responsibility in my life. however, when dealing with the spiritual needs of my family they have little bearing. My instruction has to be from that which is central to our lives (or should be) the completion of the Holy Spirit’s revelation in the form of the Living Word of God. It is here that we must pursue the knowledge of “righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness” (1 Timothy 6:11) and it is here that we must learn to “father” my children.
Now for the shift of thought, this is intended for the Pastor’s heart and it is an amazing thing to see how my relationship with my family can be reflected in the ministry God has called me to. To work with people from all aspects of life it is not a matter of rich vs. poor it is a matter of family. The same correction, the same scripture, the same teaching the same instruction from the same completed Word of God. This is what we were called to preach/teach/sustain in the Grace that is given to us. This is where we live, in the present age, looking to a future land and home in heaven. Grace.
My prayer today is:
Lord, speak your word through me as I deal with the emotional and spiritual needs of those around me. Help me to see your Glory being made manifest in these your children and the working of You through my frail hands. Lord that you would be king of my life and help me to share that necessity with those around me through your Word. That your instruction would not just stop with my head and lips but would permeate my heart and being so that I can be used, giving God all the glory. Amen.