Today’s Reading: 1 Timothy 6:1-21
A woman was sitting next to an empty seat at the Super Bowl stadium. A man asked the woman about it. The woman explained, “It was my husband’s…but he died.” The man said to her, “I’m surprised that another relative or friend didn’t jump at the chance to take his seat.” She answered, “I don’t understand it either. But, they all decided on going to his funeral instead.”
Whether we think about it or not, we all live according to priorities. A “priority” is something that has first importance in our life. It’s those things that we place the higher value on than other things.
Is our main goal pleasing ourselves or pleasing God? Paul says: “Pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, gentleness. Fight the good fight of faith, lay hold on eternal life, to which you were also called.” 1 Timothy 6:11-12
He tells us this because v13…there is going to come a time of testing at the Judgement Day to see what kind of work each builder has done. Everyone’s work will be put through the fire to see whether or not it keeps its value. 14If the work survives the fire, that builder will receive a reward.
Paul tells Timothy not to trust in uncertain riches! Trust here means: to expect or hope to bring security or deliverance!
It is unhealthy to have money as your priority. The average American shops 6 hours a week while spending 40 minutes playing with his children. By age 20, an average person in the western world has seen one million commercials. Recently, more Americans declared bankruptcy than graduated from college. In 90% of divorce cases, arguments about money play a prominent role.
However A.W. Tozer gives us some great advice about getting our priorities right, he said: As base a thing as money often is, it yet can be transmuted into everlasting treasure. It can be converted into food for the hungry and clothing for the poor; it can keep a missionary actively winning lost men to the light of the gospel and thus transmute itself into heavenly values. Any temporal possession can be turned into everlasting wealth. Whatever is given to Christ is immediately touched with immortality!