Apostle Paul started this chapter by addressing the issue of service. He advised all servants to regard authority and not take their masters for granted.
He stated plainly to them to be weary of greed and covetousness, he said that it is good to be content with what God has blessed one with. Rich men he emphasized are also prone to temptations and a believer who so desperately desires to be rich because of his love for money would eventually err from the faith.
He encouraged them to follow after the fruits of the Holy Spirit whilst focusing on their eternal reward which is not earthly bound. He emphasized that the rich should recognize the source of their wealth as God, therefore be ready to disperse to the poor. He told Timothy to continue these teachings and nothing contrary among the believers.
God is the rich God who created the Garden of Eden and put Adam and his wife in it to enjoy. God has not created us to suffer, we should however seek his face to meet our unmet needs. It is not our place as believers to be lustful, murmur, complain or rather envious of those that God has blessed. With Jesus, we have everything we need as we ask according to His will.
I declare that my needs are abundantly and supernaturally met in the name of Jesus
Reading – 1 Timothy 6
6 All who are under the yoke of slavery should consider their masters worthy of full respect, so that God’s name and our teaching may not be slandered. 2 Those who have believing masters should not show them disrespect just because they are fellow believers. Instead, they should serve them even better because their masters are dear to them as fellow believers and are devoted to the welfare[a] of their slaves.
False Teachers and the Love of Money
These are the things you are to teach and insist on. 3 If anyone teaches otherwise and does not agree to the sound instruction of our Lord Jesus Christ and to godly teaching, 4 they are conceited and understand nothing. They have an unhealthy interest in controversies and quarrels about words that result in envy, strife, malicious talk, evil suspicions 5 and constant friction between people of corrupt mind, who have been robbed of the truth and who think that godliness is a means to financial gain.
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 Those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge people into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil. Some people, eager for money, have wandered from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs.
Final Charge to Timothy
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 12 Fight the good fight of the faith. Take hold of the eternal life to which you were called when you made your good confession in the presence of many witnesses. 13 In the sight of God, who gives life to everything, and of Christ Jesus, who while testifying before Pontius Pilate made the good confession, I charge you 14 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ,15 which God will bring about in his own time—God, the blessed and only Ruler, the King of kings and Lord of lords, 16 who alone is immortal and who lives in unapproachable light, whom no one has seen or can see.To him be honor and might forever. Amen.
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth,which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment.18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
20 Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to your care. Turn away from godless chatter and the opposing ideas of what is falsely called knowledge, 21 which some have professed and in so doing have departed from the faith.
Grace be with you all.
- 1 Timothy 6:2 Or and benefit from the service