Friday, August 15, 2003

Edifier du Jour-1 Timothy 6:7-11
7 For we have brought nothing into the world, so we cannot take anything out of it either. 8 If we have food and covering, with these we shall be content. 9 But those who want to get rich fall into temptation and a snare and many foolish and harmful desires which plunge men into ruin and destruction. 10 For the love of money is a root of all sorts of evil, and some by longing for it have wandered away from the faith and pierced themselves with many griefs. 11 But flee from these things, you man of God, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, perseverance and gentleness.
Note that this has the love of money as a root of evil, not the root, as it is often stated. A lot of evil isn't mercenary. However, if you pursue the virtues in verse 11, you'll wind up doing well. Someone who's honest, diligent and hard-working will be in demand. The money will come. Like Solomon, who asked only for wisdom but got the bling-bling as a bonus, the godly will often prosper in a reasonably fair society. Verse 11 isn't great career advice where Christians are persecuted, but for most of us, it is good career advice.

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