We know what we are to pursue: righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness. But what are “these things” Paul encourages us to flee? Don’t be distracted by the paragraph break your translators put before that sentence or possibly even the man-added “header.” What had he just said? “Those who desire to be rich fall into temptation…the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil.” Why, because on account of these things many have fallen “into senseless and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction.” Of course, money is not evil in itself. If God decides to bless you with it, that is His business. However, Paul is pretty clear: rather than pursuing wealth, pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, gentleness.” Better to be poor with God than wealthy without Him.
Tomorrow’s reading is 2 Timothy 2-3.
A Word for Our Kids
Hey kids, if you ever watch television or go shopping with your parents, you see a hundred things you want. It is not necessarily wrong to want. And it is not wrong to get. However, often times we don’t get. You ask your parents and they say, “No.” For some, the tantrum comes demanding whatever they want. Please remember Paul’s statement here: “If we have food and clothing, with these we will be content.” I encourage you to start working on your contentment right now, it will be a blessing in your life as you get older saving you from many pangs and problems.
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