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can’t take it with you

05 Aug

160805Of course, there is great gain in godliness combined with contentment; for we brought nothing into the world, so that we can take nothing out of it; but if we have food and clothing, we will be content with these. But those who want to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by 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, and in their eagerness to be rich some have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many pains. But as for you, man of God, shun all this; pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, gentleness. Fight the good fight of the faith; take hold of the eternal life, to which you were called and for which you made the good confession in the presence of many witnesses. In the presence of God, who gives life to all things, and of Christ Jesus, who in his testimony before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you to keep the commandment without spot or blame until the manifestation of our Lord Jesus Christ, which he will bring about at the right time—he who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of lords. It is he alone who has immortality and dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see; to him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.  As for those who in the present age are rich, command them not to be haughty, or to set their hopes on the uncertainty of riches, but rather on God who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. They are to do good, to be rich in good works, generous, and ready to share, thus storing up for themselves the treasure of a good foundation for the future, so that they may take hold of the life that really is life. (1 Timothy 6:6-19, NRSV)

One of the most often misunderstood texts. Money is not the root of all evil, as I am sure you have heard stated. And the Love of money is not the root of all evil, it is the root of all kinds of evil.

You see money in and of itself is neither evil or good. It can be used for both, money is merely a tool. It has no goodness or evilness attached to it.

If however you love money more than your fellow man or God then the love of the tool will lead to all kinds of evil and cause you to do things you ought not be doing.

Because as the author clearly states, you can’t take it with you. You came into this world with nothing and that is how you will leave it.

So use money while you are here to spread the love of God, and be a good manager of all the gifts God has blessed you with.

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