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.
11 But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
There are many misunderstandings about money.
While some churches see wealth and physical comfort as spiritual symbols of faith and faithfulness, other churches believe holiness and poverty go together. Both are extremes and both views are false.
The Apostle Paul encourages us to be content regardless of our financial circumstances. Our contentment is grounded and rooted in our relationship with Christ, knowing only He alone who can give us the provisions and security we need.
Money itself is not the issue. Money is neutral but the problem lies in how much we are attracted or distracted by it. It is the love of money that can weaken your faith and cripple your Christian walk. The Apostle Paul warns Timothy against the danger of greed and avarice because they can make you do all kinds of sinful things to feed your addiction.
Without a doubt, God can bless you financially but having material blessings does not make you “more” blessed. You are fully blessed in Christ and you can’t be more blessed than what you already have in Him. The temptation of loving money, however, can lead you down the path of unrighteousness. This is why Paul told Timothy to flee from loving money and to pursue righteousness with godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.
Now, you may ask, “Why did Timothy have to pursue righteousness if God had already declared him righteous?”
It is one thing for Christ to impute His righteousness to you; it is another thing for Christ to produce that life of righteousness in and through you. The Greek word for “pursue” is dioko which means “to eagerly or passionately running after something”. It is like taking ownership and occupying a house that belongs to you. In other words, pursuing righteousness is not about earning your salvation—it is and remains a free gift of God. Rather, it is the privilege of enjoying and experiencing Jesus as the way, the truth and reality of your righteousness on a daily basis.
Possessing righteousness and pursuing righteousness are integral parts of your faith experience. The result is fruit, the peaceable fruit of righteousness (James 3:18).
How aware am I of God’s righteousness being at the heart of everything in my life, of everything I do?
© Copyright Richard Tan, 2019.
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