The other night while saying prayers with my children my daughter said something that stuck out to me. It’s amazing watching the social dynamic develop in children. I remember my wife said to me some years back about how she likes kids. She said with a smile somewhat comically “They’re like little people” laughing to herself. Now my daughter just turned eight years old says to me while expressing her feelings. Now I’m paraphasing the best I can and keep in mind she is a very empathetic type person. She said “When you have so much to be thankful for but you always want more, that’s just greedy!” Oddly enough I had just hung up a passage of scripture on my wall in my office. A verse in this passage is quite familiar. I’m fairly confident that you have quoted or have heard it quoted before. 1Timothy 6:10
Well, we all have heard at least a portion of the verse quoted right or a little twisted. Either way I remember hearing coming up, that “money” was the root of evil. I saw how some took a stand against the well to do or wealthy class of people concluding that because of their money (“above necessity”) they were evil. It was a common opinion that no honest working man could earn/afford a particular lifestyle and he/she must be doing something evil. Then I noticed that it wasn’t the “money” it was the “LOVE” of money. Whew, that was close! Glory be to God the church and church folks could get some money without being ashamed. Folks that were previously assumed to have too much money to be saved were now being invited to church. The celebrities, entertainers, athletes were now welcomed but why? Now we should all know that Christ died that none should perish. In other words He died so that ALL could be saved and the only barrier was faith in Christ. Had the body of believers begun to see that the rich need Christ just like the poor? Or did we find a new socially acceptable way, to express an inward desire? From humbly saying that God’s been better than I deserve to Blessed and HIGHLY favored.
I was talking with a coworker and he referenced an uncle who always spoke about “the MAN” and how he’s been keeping him down, to which he replied can you please show me “the MAN” so I can avoid him at all costs. Funny right? Yep I laughed too but after some consideration the humor faded away. It seems that most people struggle with contentment. I’m not saying that the goal of the believer is to settle in their state at the time of conversion. Let’s consider the whole of the passage one of my life buoys beginning at verse 1Timothy 6:8-10.
Having food and raiment let us therewith be content.
In other words, be grateful. Now I know that “raiment” means clothing but I’m going to stretch bodily clothing or covering to include shelter also. I think it’s safe to say if you are reading this you probably have a place to sleep indoors (with all the necessities like electricity, A/C, internet and modern technologies). It is unlikely that any meals you may have missed, ever led to starvation. I’d say most of us could stand to lose a few pounds anyway. Sadly, many reading now and a greater percentage of people we know believers and non-believers alike have an abundance yet remain unhappy. Abundance, yeah abundance is the right word. The scripture didn’t say a closet full of clothes or a refrigerator full of groceries. It said having food and clothing. So if you aren’t hungry and naked then what’s all the complaining about? See image below notice this is list of synonyms for the adjective “content”.
So liv4christ4ever content could really mean happy? YES! Let’s back up to verse 7. Scripture reminds us that when we started this life we were naked and hungry. We were helpless and defenseless desperate for another to meet our most basic needs. At this point all we wanted were our basic needs. God by his infinite wisdom placed inside (most) of us and especially mothers, compassion and sense of duty to care for babies. Many would risk their lives to save a baby they don’t even know, never considering, that same child may grow up to be a molester or mass murderer.
Green can refer to several different meanings one of which is ignorant or naive due to lack of experience. Another definition for green is envy, jealous of another or their possessions or status. The bible refers to this as covetousness. Of the ten commandments covetousness is the one spoke about in the greatest detail. Finally, the last definition of green I will speak of is green as in growing. Green like the color of a new branch or sprout. This green plant is still pliable able to shaped into the right direction unfortunately the wrong way too.
Because we all start off any new thing without complete knowledge or experience we cannot deny ever being the 1st type of green. As believers acknowledging this “greeness” helps us to remain humble. Sin nature causes the second green to develop in us. Cain, unhappy that his brother’s sacrifice was received while his wasn’t caused him to rage and then murder his brother. He was jealous or covetous. This green is the epitome of the human condition. When desire to have more competes with our desire to do things God’s way and wins typically two things happen next. It’s normally one or the other and sometimes both. We steal and or we murder! If God didn’t give it then….. Let me say it like this if a thief give you something is it yours? Don’t tell me (bragging) about that stolen stuff saying God gave me this. How about all that stolen glory, stolen honor? Murdering with the tongue. Folks talk about skeletons in the closet. Well, were they just folks that stood in your way? Standing between you and whatever you wanted. Was it easier to murder them with your words than forgo the desires of your heart?
As we live this life for Christ let us strive to be green and growing in the right direction in the light of His glorious countenance. Jesus promised that we would bear fruit as long as we are growing in him. My question to you is ARE YOU STILL GREEN?
1Timothy 6:3-11, James 1:22, James 4:2-3
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Grace & Truth,