Ron Lutz ~ 1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19
1 Timothy 6:6-10, 17-19
6 But godliness with contentment is great gain. 7 For we brought nothing into the world, and we can take nothing out of it. 8 But if we have food and clothing, we will be content with that. 9 People who want to get rich fall into temptation and a trap and into many foolish and harmful desires that plunge men into ruin and destruction. 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.
17 Command those who are rich in this present world not to be arrogant nor to put their hope in wealth, which is so uncertain, but to put their hope in God, who richly provides us with everything for our enjoyment. 18 Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share. 19 In this way they will lay up treasure for themselves as a firm foundation for the coming age, so that they may take hold of the life that is truly life.
Take care, and be on your guard against all covetousness, for one’s life does not consist in the abundance of his possessions. So is the one who lays up treasure for himself and is not rich toward God.
-Luke 12:15, 21
“He is no fool who gives what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose.”
“Money in itself is neither good nor bad; it is simply dangerous in that the love of it may become bad. With money a man can do much good; with money he can do much evil… he can selfishly serve his own desires, generously answer to the cry of his neighbor’s need.
With money a man can buy his way to the forbidden things and the path of wrongdoing; and with money he can make it easier for someone else to live as God meant him to live. Money brings power, and power is always a double-edged thing, for it is powerful for good and powerful for evil.”
I think everybody should get rich and famous and do everything they ever dreamed of so they can see that it’s not the answer.
• The care of $200 million is enough to kill anyone. There is no pleasure in it. -W H Vanderbilt
• I have made millions but they have brought me no happiness. -John D Rockefeller
• Millionaires seldom smile. -Andrew Carnegie
“Giving with glad and generous hearts has a way of routing out the tough old miser within us. Even the poor need to know that they can give. Just the very act of letting go of money, or some other treasure, does something within us. It destroys the demon greed.”
For you know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though he was rich, yet for your sake he became poor, so that you by his poverty might become rich.
-2 Corinthians 8:9