Godliness is actually a means of great gain when accompanied by contentment.
For we brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either.
If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. – 1 Timothy 6:6-8
The Lust for Money
1 Timothy 6:2-10
These are the things I want you to teach and preach. If you have leaders there who teach otherwise, who refuse the solid words of our Master Jesus and this godly instruction, tag them for what they are: ignorant windbags who infect the are with germs of envy, controversy, bad-mouthing, suspicious rumors. Eventually, there’s an epidemic of backstabbing, and truth is but a distant memory. They think religion is a way to make a fast buck.
A devout life does bring wealth, but it’s the rich simplicity of being yourself before God. Since we entered the world penniless and will leave it penniless, if we have bread on the table and shoes on our feet, that’s enough.
But if it’s only money these leaders are after, they’ll self-destruct in no time. Lust for money brings trouble and nothing but trouble. Going down that path, some lose their footing in the faith completely and live to regret it bitterly ever after.
Resources: The Message – Eugene H. Peterson