"But godliness with contentment is great gain, for we brought nothing into the world, and we cannot take anything out of the world. But if we have food and clothing, with these we will be content. — 1 Timothy 6:6-8
Recognize the minimum requirements to be physically alive and healthy: food and clothing. Everything else is extra and only serve as padded comfort, convenience, and lifestyle.
I'm not saying we should throw everything other than food and clothing away. But by knowing where our minimum threshold is, it allows us to be more thankful toward the Lord for providing us with such blessings.
"But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation, into a snare, into many senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. It is through this craving that some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pangs." — 1 Timothy 6:10
The question is: do we worship the Creator or creations? Those who desire to be rich with worldly things worship creations.
Money inherently in itself is not bad, for this passage didn't say "money is the root of all evil". Rather, it stated "the love of money is the root of all evil".
Money has been granted to us by God as well. But if we love money more than God, then that's where we get into trouble.
"As for the rich in this present age, charge them not to be haughty, nor to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but on God, who richly provides us with everything to enjoy. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, to be generous and ready to share, thus storing up treasure for themselves as a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of that which is truly life." — 1 Timothy 6:17-19
Those presently rich should behave like so:
- Put greater hope in God than in their material wealth
- Be rich in good works
- Be generous and ready to share
- Store up treasure in heaven
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