1 Timothy 6:6-7, 10-14
But godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it… 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. 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 to keep this command without spot or blame until the appearing of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Is there a contradiction in the Bible about wealth? Here God warns us about yearning for money because it is the root of all kinds of evil whereas in other portions of the word, men of God are rewarded with wealth many times more than they ever had because they were faithful or obedient to God like Job, Daniel, Moses, Joseph, David and many others. When the rich young ruler came to Jesus asking how he could enter the kingdom of heaven, Jesus asked him to sell all he had, give it to the poor and then to come and follow Him. So is even having wealth bad? What is God’s heart about seeking and storing wealth?

This letter was written by Paul to Timothy as an instruction on pastoring. The role of a pastor is to lead the flock and point them to Jesus. It is not an easy role because some among the flock always try to find wrong in what the pastor does and so the pastor’s life is always under scrutiny both by man and God. In much the same way, followers of Jesus are called to serve God to the world through their lives and pursuing anything that causes the world to stumble is not God pleasing. Jesus could have chosen to have been born in a palace rather than a manger, to have parents who were royalty rather than common peasants, to have ridden a horse rather than a donkey, to have had total submission of the world rather than submit to it and in so doing was a role model to us. We are warned that we can never serve two Gods at once. Jesus instructs us in Mat 6:33 that when we seek His kingdom and his righteousness, all things essential to us will be given by God because God loves us. Let us live to serve the King of Kings who saved us from Satan and clothed us for an eternity with Him rather than seek something that we cannot take with us beyond this physical life.

In His Loving Service,
ServantBoy

Matthew 6:25 “For this reason I say to you, do not be worried about your life, as to what you will eat or what you will drink; nor for your body, as to what you will put on. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothing?”

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  1. Thank you, Vineet, for encouraging us to live for Him and trust Him with the rest that living costs. I was distracted for a time, and influenced to think that I had to find a way to make more money. That’s what smart people do, right? And while it may be okay for others, what I’ve learned is that He alone knows what is right for me. 🙂 God bless you today and always! deb

    • ServantBoy says:

      Deb,
      While I have written this, I cannot say that I will be able to fully comply to it. Deep down inside, I am torn because my physical self yearns for comfort and security in riches but my soul desires comfort and security in God and this is the battle of the seen versus the unseen, between flesh and the spirit 😦 Jesus was not kidding when He said that the gates to heaven were narrow and the road bumpy!
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  2. blesseddad says:

    Vineet,
    Great post, I have often wondered the same. I have heard pastors preach that if you tithe, it will return to you monetarily, which I have always disagreed with. To me, it all comes down to the state of the heart. If you hunger for worldly wealth and possesions, then you are putting them before God. But if you do not care about them, and you seek God first in all things, He may choose to reward you here, or He may not. He knows the state of our heart like he did with Soloman’s when he asked for wisdom and discernment. God was impressed and rewarded him richly, but that does not mean He will choose to do it always. where our treasure is, there will our heart be also. God Bless
    Jim

    • ServantBoy says:

      Jim,
      Funny that you mentioned tithing. I have seen God reward both monetarily and in other ways when we have tithed but what you said about the heart of the giver seems to be what God responds to. When we give to get, we seem to be left waiting but when we give in gratefulness and in rejoicing, God gives us what we need. If it is monetary, then that is what we needed. God never gives us more than we need lest we forget Him and never short that we will be left wanting. There is much we need to learn and praise God that He is a patient and loving teacher 🙂
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  3. Vineet, This verse is often misquoted that “money is the root of all evil.” But it is not the money, or even having it, that is the root of all kinds of evil. It is the “yearning for” or the “love of” money that leads one into sin. It is when we trust in our money and not in God as the source of our wealth that we run into problems. You are right that if we seek His kindom first, God will grant us what wealth we need. Peace, Linda

    • ServantBoy says:

      Linda,
      Thank you for your sincere comment. Yes, money itself is not the Devil but it causes us to want and yearn for more and that is the issue because when we yearn for money, we are not yearning for God. I’ve often heard people say that there is no need to separate money and wealth from faith and I would never disagree except that when money comes in, the good times roll and Christ is forgotten. Is it not interesting that when we lack and we are in need, our faith is so much stronger than when we have in abundance? Note how people are willing to give away all they have to seek God like Zacchaeus, the tax collector? He gave his wealth to receive the Living Water through Jesus and that won favor with the Lord. Job was stripped of all he had even though he was faithful to God in order for God to take away his pride and when he learnt the lesson was given back many times what he lost because he realized who his Lord and Master was and what he was in that relationship.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  4. Anusha says:

    Hi Vineet,
    Yes ,this is a surprise to you hearing from me ,how is the family doing ,I really agree that it is only and only the love of money and worldly things that is evil and leads to one’s downfall ,but money is a nessesity and what is well earned and well spent leads to good living.The importance is that a believer must remember that all this comes from GOD and thiting is a must as we are giving back what aready belongs to GOD and that to ,only 1/10 of it

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Anusha

      Thank you for taking the time to visit the blog and share your comments. You are precious to us and it is so good to hear from you. How is Shahab doing? Give him our regards.

      Thank you for putting it down so well by saying that money that is well earned and well spent leads to good living. God in His abundance provides our every need and our jobs/businesses/trades are a blessing from Him indeed. When we seek to glorify out boss, God himself, with our efforts, we are often rewarded but not necessarily in monetary terms. Our one true goal is to direct people to the cross and good living is being able to effectively witness for God in this broken world. That is the fulfillment of the great commission Jesus gave us and that a life lived well. Tithing is something we have lived by and will always uphold. However, the fruit of tithing like my dear friend Jim mentioned is not always monetary. The fruit is hopefully spiritual and that is a greater reward than any we can ever get.
      Blessings,
      Vineet

  5. Mystic says:

    Hi Vineet,

    The article is very good. I had a question which is confusing to me. I have parents who are retired. I often send them money for their medicines or for their daily things. I have no problem in sending money to them. However my sis-in-law, told me it is wrong on their part to ask money. She quoted: 2 Corinthians:14b- Children shouldn’t have to provide for their parents, but parents should provide for their children. I don’t agree with this at all. What is your opinion on this?
    I also want to understand more about tithing? If I give money for donation, is it also part of tithing?

    • ServantBoy says:

      Hi Mevi
      I Praise God for the wisdom He gives us when we serve Him and so all glory be to God for what He dictates and I type. You asked a question many people are challenged with and what is important for us as Christians to do when offered scripture is to look at the context before we fully understand and accept it. Paul was irate about the way the Corinthian Church doubted him and therefore was correcting them sternly. When he said that “children don’t provide for their parents. Rather, parents provide for their children”, he was referring to support from the Church that he was not taking. Children are referred to as minors and not adults and therefore this statement was about how parents of children who are not of the age to support the family are expected to provide for them. In your context, you do not sound like a child, rather an adult. Therefore, if you feel moved to support your parents, you must do so because the Bible instructs us to love and respect our parents (Exodus 20:2-17). I am blessed with 2 mother’s and no father’s as both my father and my wife’s father are with Jesus. We financially support 1 mother and the other mother is self sufficient and I see blessing in both relationships as God helps us provide for our parents in a small way for the love they invested in us. Tithing is a different matter as it has to do with giving to God what is God’s like we pay taxes. We are encouraged to give to God one tenth of our income or more of what God has blessed us with, whether it be of our resources, our time, our home or whatever. Tithes are given back to God’s work and generally people tithe of their earnings to the church that they are a member of as that is a way of providing for the furthering of the church’s ministry. Some people also tithe to other missions, orphanages, etc. and the hope is to give back to God a tenth of what he has blessed us with. Offering in church is completely different from tithing. We give an offering every meeting and this is over and above our tithes. It sounds like a lot but the blessing is that when we tithe, God rewards us manyfold in ways that we cannot imagine. My family and I live off my income which is not significant by any means and is a single income. However, we chose to tithe of our income, time and home and God rewards us exponentially is ways we cannot thank Him enough for. We always have more than we expect whether in terms of His grace or his riches and that is the blessing of giving. Hope this clarifies your questions?
      Blessings,
      Vineet

      • Mystic says:

        Hi Vineet,

        I am thankful for the detailed reply you took time for. I have understood more of the verse once you explained it beautifully. I will guide my sis-in-law with this understanding. Thank you for the explanation of tithing as well.

        Regards,
        Mevi

        • ServantBoy says:

          Hi Mevi
          You are most welcome and please don’t thank me but thank God for the wisdom He provides each of us to serve Him. I thank God for providing encouragement from you and others which is such a blessing to me. I pray that your sister (in Law) will understand and that you both will find joy in supporting your parents as they have loved you.
          Blessings,
          Vineet

  6. Mystic says:

    I hope your prayers come true. When I sent her your message, she was offended and said I was blinded with the pathetic values. So I pray to God to open her mind instead of me advising anymore. Thanks to God for your message for it has helped me to understand more about the Bible.

    • ServantBoy says:

      Mevi,
      I know how harsh the truth sometimes sounds because I’ve been told such truths by people I love and it always seems bitter first but sweet as time passes. God is the one who gives us the wisdom to accept and understand His word and so please know that you need simply to pray for your sister. That’s the water for the spiritual seeds in her life and God does the work 🙂
      Blessings,
      Vineet

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