1 Timothy 6:6-10
Of 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.
Devotion by Lynne Buell
This passage isn’t necessarily stating that a good Christian should ever seek to better himself whether it is seeking more money or improving living conditions. In fact, I figured out a long time ago…well, about 10 years ago anyway…that when the Spirit finally nudged me enough to listen, all I prayed for was to have a comfortable life and the ability to help loved ones and my community that surround me. It’s all I need. I don’t need a Mercedes, just a reliable car to get me where I need to go. I don’t need a $500,000 home, just a comfortable home for myself where I can also provide food and lodging whenever my friends and family need it. The Spirit led me to Pilgrimage for community and a nice job where I can also serve my church family, and it gives me purpose.
The folks who crave riches and hoard them away, well, they usually lose focus and their lives are filled with any griefs. A good, clean, God-pleasing life can be full of rewards above and beyond all the money in the world.
Loving God, help me to stay focused on what matters to live a Christ-like existence. Amen.