If Money Could Talk
Week 5, “The Secret to Getting Rich”
1 Timothy 6:6-12
May 22, 2022
1 Timothy 6:6–12
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 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. 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.” But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness. 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.
-Being Content Means You Love Jesus and Use Money. Not Love Money and Use Jesus-
When you love money, you crowd out contentment and your focus shifts from Jesus to money, possessions, and yourself.
I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. I know what it is to be in need, and I know what it is to have plenty. I have learned the secret of being content in any and every situation, whether well fed or hungry, whether living in plenty or in want. I can do all this through him who gives me strength.
5 Keep your lives free from the love of money and be content with what you have, because God has said,
“Never will I leave you;
never will I forsake you.”
6 So we say with confidence,
“The Lord is my helper; I will not be afraid.
What can mere mortals do to me?”
We can be content because the God of the universe, creator of ALL things has given exactly what we need.
Old Testament Examples of People Who Were Discontent-
Adam & Eve-
Had everything they needed, lived in a literal paradise. Yet, were not content and wanted to be like God. So, they bought the into the lie of all lies. “we too can be like God if we only…”
Abraham & Lot-
Abraham was content with what God had given him. However, Lot was not. Eventually ending up stuck in Sodom needing to be rescued. Lot did make it out, but Mrs. Lot did not…
Jacob and Esau-
Jacob schemed, tricked and cheated his way into his father’s inheritance. Years later would almost get cheated out of the woman he loved.
New Testament Example of Discontent People
Was not content with God’s plan of salvation. For a few bucks he betrayed Jesus hoping to force his hand in how He was planning on saving Israel, and the rest of the world.
Becoming and Remaining Content
1 Timothy 6:11
But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance, and gentleness.
Paul’s. “How to” Guide on Contentment
Run away from a place or situation of danger
Follow something or someone in order to catch it
What to Pursue-
Endurance (Get stronger)
What to Flee-
Money for the sake of having more
1 Timothy 6:12
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.
“The Good Fight”
is the fight to remain in your faith and draw closer to Jesus each day.
We become financially content when we learn there is more to life than money and things.
The Secret to becoming rich is…
Flee from Foolish, harmful and selfish temptation, and pursue Jesus.
On a scale of 1 to 10, how content are you with what God has given you (10 being perfectly content). Has there been a time in your life when you were more content? Less content? Can you think of any reasons that would explain the differences?
Read 1 Timothy 6:6-12, what does it mean to be content in a financial context? What are some of the temptations we can fall into that Paul points out in this passage that can “plunge people into ruin and destruction”?
Read Philippians 4:11-13, what do you think is the “secret of being content in any and every situation”?
Read Hebrews 13:5-6, how often does the phrase (or similar phrase) “Never will I leave you; never will I forsake you”, come up in scripture? Why do you think that is so? Do we often forget this promise or think that God has left us?
How would you define discontent? Who are some of the people in the bible that could be classified as discontent? What are some of the examples that would lead to their discontent classification?
In 1stTimothy 6:11, what are some of the things that we should flee from? What are some ways that we can pursue righteousness?
What is the “good fight of the faith” Paul talks about in verse 12? What are some ways we can win that fight? What are some ways we can lose that fight?