From my reading in 1 Timothy 6 in the One Year Bible New Testament.
“You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead.” Randy Alcorn
People get funny about money. Paul warns about the dangers of living for money.
“Yet true godliness with contentment is itself great wealth. After all, we brought nothing with us when we came into the world, and we can’t take anything with us when we leave it. So if we have enough food and clothing, let us be content.” 1 Timothy 6:6–8
You can’t take it with you, so be content with what you have.
No one has ever seen a hurst towing a u-haul. The egyptian pharaohs tried to take their stuff with them but it is now in a museum.
You should be content with what you have instead of making our lives about amassing wealth. In the end everyone on earth will leave with the same thing, nothing! You were naked when you came in and you will be naked when you go out.
Contentment is not the lack of desirem but it is surrendering your lesser desires because your greatest desire is Christ. If we live for Him we will receive a much greater reward that if we live for money.
Living for money can ruin your life.
“But people who long to be rich fall into temptation and are trapped by many foolish and harmful desires that plunge them into ruin and destruction. For the love of money is the root of all kinds of evil. And some people, craving money, have wandered from the true faith and pierced themselves with many sorrows.” 1 Timothy 6:9–10
If you love money more than you love God and others then you are in trouble. Many people have been trapped by “the desire to acquire gone haywire”. Loving money is deceptive, because it promises fulfillment but end up leaving you empty.
If God has blessed you with money Paul tells us how to be truly rich.
You can’t take it with you, so send it on ahead.
“Don’t raise your standard of living, raise yours standard of giving” Randy Alcorn
” Teach those who are rich in this world not to be proud and not to trust in their money, which is so unreliable. Their trust should be in God, who richly gives us all we need for our enjoyment. Tell them to use their money to do good. They should be rich in good works and generous to those in need, always being ready to share with others. By doing this they will be storing up their treasure as a good foundation for the future so that they may experience true life.” 1 Timothy 6:17–19
True life is found when we are generous.
If you are rich one of your greatest temptations will be pride. You will struggle with trusting in your “trust fund” instead of trusting in God.
One way to show that you are not ruled by your money is to be generous! Share with those in need. Be a part of supporting those who are making disciples of all nations. Give generously to your church.
If you do this then your will be storing up treasure in heaven for yourself. You are not really living unless you are giving. You can get way more joy from giving than from spending on yourself. Invest in your future and start giving generously because…
You can’t take it with you, but you can send it on ahead!
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