Guard the Deposit: A Study in 1 Timothy
from Thomas Road Church

1 Timothy 6
What does it say? 

Paul reminded Timothy that the goals and expectations of a believer should be spiritual, not material. 

What does it mean? 

This passage is rich with insight on the subject of contentment. Contentment comes from God, not money or things. God is eternal, and material things are only temporary. Paul warned that a strong desire to get rich is a trap that can ruin a life rather than improve it. Loving money is not only foolish; it leads to sin and destruction. Paul urged Timothy to guard himself against these desires, pursuing righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness instead. God provides everything a believer has or needs. 

How should I respond? 

Discontentment begins when you confuse your needs with your wants. Are you content with what God has provided for you and your family? Contentment is simply being satisfied with who you are and what you have. It’s characterized by inner peace, regardless of outward circumstances. Which warnings from this passage is God using to get your attention? What financial goals and expectations do you need to change in order to pursue the things of God more than wealth? Lasting satisfaction can only come from a relationship with Christ; money will never love you back!

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