New Testament In a Year: October 25 – 1 Timothy 6

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1 Timothy 6
(1-2)
Christians who are working for someone, must regard the person who is over them with honor and set a good testimony for God by doing good work. If the person in charge is also a Christian, then the worker should serve in the same manner and offer good service.

(3-10) False Teachers and True Contentment
Those who teach things that disagree with the Gospel of God and go against godliness, are to be disregarded. These are teachers who seek controversy, are full of conceit, and crave to quarrel about words that only produce envy, slander, suspicion and the like. We do not follow Jesus the Christ and strive after godliness in order to gain money and material wealth. Those who think Christianity is about acquiring a lot of stuff have the wrong idea about faith. Christians are content with how little or how much they have because they know that they already possess everything through Christ. Certainly, there is nothing wrong with money. But if we pursue money more than we pursue godliness, we will soon find ourselves sliding off the straight and narrow. If we desire to be rich more than we desire to know God, we will soon find ourselves plunging into ruin and destruction. If we love material wealth more than we love Jesus, we will eventually wander away from the faith.

(11-21) Fight the Good Fight of Faith
There are more important things to pursue than money. Among these things are righteousness, godliness, faith, love, steadfastness, and gentleness. Despite false teachers and temptations on every side that seek to draw us away from God, we must stand fast and fight the good fight of faith.

Those who have been blessed to be rich, are not to be haughty about their riches and they are not to set their hopes or place their trust in riches. Riches are uncertain. They can be here one day and gone the next. But God is certain. Our hopes will not be dashed when they are set on Him and our trust will not be disappointed when it is placed in Him. Christians who have many riches are to do good, be generous, and always be ready to share what they have. In doing this, they are actually sharing their wealth with Christ and are storing up eternal treasure in Heaven.

Favorite verse: (16) Who alone has immortality, who dwells in unapproachable light, whom no one has ever seen or can see. To him be honor and eternal dominion. Amen.

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