Friday: 20th September, 2019
Reference text: 1 Timothy 6:2-12
1 Timothy 6:8 So we should be satisfied just to have food and clothes.
At a very superficial level, it might seem Paul is saying ambition isn’t good and striving to reach higher and further is to be shunned. ‘Let us be content when we have food and clothing’: in the verses of today’s text, we could see that he presents a number of hurdles, including temptations and snares that make the quest for more seem unrewarding and unattractive.
We might even want to conclude: ‘rightly so for the love of “money” [wealth, power, fame etc] has proven time and time again to be a source of great evil. Therefore, do we go by Paul’s suggestion and settle for contentment with the minimum? We would agree that such recommendations need to be taken at more than a superficial value for Paul was a man who kept running till he finished his race.
Thus, he was unlikely to suggest mediocrity or less than the very best to those he wrote to. We can look at his words in this light: “It is not wrong to want to live better, what is wrong is a style of life that is presumed to be better”. Often we take too lightly and for granted what the desire to accrue any resource can do to us: fracture relationships, loosen tightly knit bonds and even pull us apart from God Himself.
Often in our quest to have, our focus shifts entirely from everything else to that which we desire and that is where
things can go awry. Sweetheart, we are created to strive for excellence, but in this search, unless it is God; let us not become consumed by any other thing which we seek.