But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out. And having food and raiment let us be therewith content. But they that will be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and hurtful lusts, which drown men in destruction and perdition. For the love of money is the root of all evil: which while some coveted after, they have erred from the faith, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows. But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, whereunto thou art also called, and hast professed a good profession before many witnesses. I give thee charge in the sight of God, who quickeneth all things, and before Christ Jesus, who before Pontius Pilate witnessed a good confession; That thou keep this commandment without spot, unrebukeable, until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ: Which in his times he shall shew, who is the blessed and only Potentate, the King of kings, and Lord of lords; Who only hath immortality, dwelling in the light which no man can approach unto; whom no man hath seen, nor can see: to whom be honour and power everlasting. Amen. Charge them that are rich in this world, that they be not highminded, nor trust in uncertain riches, but in the living God, who giveth us richly all things to enjoy; That they do good, that they be rich in good works, ready to distribute, willing to communicate; Laying up in store for themselves a good foundation against the time to come, that they may lay hold on eternal life (1 Timothy 6:6-19).
Today's Morsel: Often when I am talking with people and ask them what they want to become, many of them say, "I want to be rich so I don't have to work." Paul said that the love of money is the root of all evil and I agree. I have come to realize that people are in prison for robbery, killing, etc, and it's associated with money. People even quit attending church over money. We hear a lot in politics these days about money. Balance the budget. Make others that are rich pay more. If you go to school earn a degree and get a good job that pays you for what you do, why should you be required to pay a higher percentage? Shouldn't the system be the same for all? Didn't Jesus tell us to do unto others as we would have them do unto us. It has been stated that Jesus taught more about money than anything else and that He never took up an offering to support Himself. He even sent Peter to the river to catch a fish with a coin in its mouth to give into the coffer for Himself and Peter. God doesn't measure our wealth based on our money, He bases it on our work and our giving. So let me encourage you, become rich in the things of God and money won't control your life.
Sing: He paid a debt He did not owe, I owed a debt I could not pay, I needed someone to wash my sins away; and now I sing a brand new song, Amazing Grace, for Jesus paid a debt that I could never pay.