1 Timothy 6:6-10 says, ‘‘Now godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain[c] we can carry nothing out. 8 And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who desire to be rich fall into temptation and a snare, and into many foolish and harmful lusts which drown men in destruction and perdition. 10 For the love of money is a root of all kinds of evil, for which some have strayed from the faith in their greediness, and pierced themselves through with many sorrows.’’
The quoted scriptural verses above are admonishments for the children of God to maintain the simplicity that is in Christ Jesus through satisfaction in what we have. It is true that we need cash for our standard of living to be good and pay our bills, but we must not forget the teachings of the Holy Scriptures which is for instruction in righteousness. When we are indeed godly, it is sure for us to be contented. Now, it is not impossible to take our eyes off the Lord and walk in the way of Balaam, that is, the way of greed, (2 Peter 2:15). Taking our eyes off the ways of the Lord can expose us to doctrines of demons and seductions of evil spirits. The Lord says that His burden is light, and His yoke is easy, therefore we are to learn of Him because He is meek and lowly in heart, (Matthew 11:28-30). The truthfulness of the words of Jesus about Him being lowly is in the scriptures for all to see; and because of His gentleness in mingling freely with the rest of the people He was criticized by the Pharisees in those days, for they called Him friends of sinners, (Matthew 11:19). And in other times, his disciples forbade children to come near to Him, but He rebuked His disciples and brought the children near to Himself and blessed them, (Mark 10:13-16). Now, Jesus used these children as examples of how the kingdom of God should be taken by adults, for a child is not sophisticated. The teachings of the Lord is not saying that we should not get money, neither is He saying that the Lord can’t bless with wealth, but that we shouldn’t base our life and everything we stand for around riches, because one’s life does not consist in the abundance of the things he possesses, hence, we should beware of covetousness (Luke 12:15, NKJV).
Those who do not beware of covetousness are extremely prone to the acquiring of wealth by the proceeds of iniquity away from legal means that is acceptable to the society and the Lord. If anyone desires to have stronger purchasing power, let such pay attention to the scriptures like Proverbs 10:4, 12:24; because they revealed that lazy hands become poor while the diligent shall be made rich. And we must also note the teachings in these scriptures of the book of Proverbs is synonymous with the teachings of Paul to Timothy that, if anyone does not provide for his own household, such has denied the faith, and is worse than an unbeliever, (1 Timothy 5:8, NKJV).
Therefore, in contentment, let us not seek for the things that are subject to corruption in this present world unjustly to the detriment of our souls, because the end of evil people who thrive at the hurts and sorrows of humans like them is destruction, (Psalm 73:17-18).
Finally, if the Lord blesses the works of our hands to be fruitful, let us not be haughty, and let us not seek destruction through worldly pleasures; but let us remember good doings and those who lack in the household of faith, for in this we have remembered the teachings of the Lord, (1 Timothy 6:17-19, Matthew 25:34-40).