“And having food and clothing, with these we shall be content” 1 Timothy 6:8.
Apostle Paul wrote this verse to Timothy while mentioning about greed of money. Paul explains to Timothy in 6:6 – 10, how the love of money have strayed many from the faith.
I was talking to a relative the other day when that person made a quote from the Holy Bible which is written above while describing that person’s present situation. This individual worked in a good position for about thirty years and because of mismanagement of finances, all was lost and now “is at the mercy of others” in that person’s own words. God does not want us to be in that kind of life. As His word says He always wants us to be blessed abundantly (John 10:10).
In this aspect, I would like all of us to be like Ruth who “ate and was satisfied and kept some back.” Ruth 2:14. Ruth came to glean the fields and eventually became the owner of the fields. Although she was a Moabite these words made a change in her life, “And your God, my God.” Ruth 1:16. As soon as God heard these words He started to bless her. In fact, we should all have bank balances. We had believers in our congregation who never had a bank account. We requested them to open one by faith. God gave them jobs and they eventually started having savings. Use your money wisely and remember He has given you the wisdom to manage it.
If I believe that I should be content with food and clothing how can I help others in need? 1 Peter 3:8 says, “but on the contrary blessing, knowing that you were called to this, that you may inherit a blessing.” How am I going to bless others with my portion of blessing which the Lord has blessed me with?
As we watch television we hear almost all preachers requesting a gift to run their ministry. Everybody needs money to run the ministry. How will we give if we are just content with food and clothing? Proverbs 13:22 says, “A good man leaves an inheritance to his children’s children.” We read in Job 42:15,”and their father gave them an inheritance among their brothers.” Job trusted in the Lord and he prospered. Proverbs 28:25 says, “But he who trusts in the Lord will be prospered.”
Proverbs 10:22 says, “The blessing of the LORD makes one rich and He adds no sorrow with it.”