1 Timothy 6
3Anyone who teaches something different disagrees with the correct and godly teaching of our Lord Jesus Christ. 4Those people who disagree are proud of themselves, but they don't really know a thing. Their minds are sick, and they like to argue over words. They cause jealousy, disagreements, unkind words, evil suspicions, 5and nasty quarrels. They have wicked minds and have missed out on the truth.
Lord Jesus--Learning about you is more than words. So often your people degenerate into a debating society and the work of the gospel does not get done. Instead we talk...action becomes a memory and a distraction. You have called your people to more than words...you have called us to the gospel demonstrated in actions of grace, love and hope in the middle of a world that has forgotten all three. Help me to not get stuck in words but to be your hands today.
These people think religion is supposed to make you rich. 6And religion does make your life rich, by making you content with what you have.
Lord Jesus--You have brought contentment to me. A richness that a paycheck does not bring...deep relationships developed over time and in the middle of the quest after you. Thank you for the relationships that time and distance does not change because they are grounded in grace hope and and love.
7We didn't bring anything into this world, and we won't take anything with us when we leave. 8So we should be satisfied just to have food and clothes. 9People who want to be rich fall into all sorts of temptations and traps. They are caught by foolish and harmful desires that drag them down and destroy them. 10The love of money causes all kinds of trouble. Some people want money so much that they have given up their faith and caused themselves a lot of pain.
Lord Jesus--It is such an interesting journey...I arrived naked and scared. Everything comes from your hand and I return to you when it is done. Anything in between is blessing that comes from your hand.
Paul is focusing Timothy on the something deeper that needs to seep deep in the soul...life is not about word games, or money, or how other people see me. It is about learning well and deeply that grace needs to change everything...that everyone around me is looking for that grace lived out in light of you. That really is the question isn’t it? Can they see that light in me?