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1 Timothy

Once, while walking through one of his factories, Henry Ford stopped to talk with an engineer. “Tell me,” he asked, “what is your ambition in life?”

With no hesitation he answered, “To make money and become rich!”

A few days later he returned to talk to the engineer. He paused for a moment and then handed him a pair of glasses. In place of the lenses were silver dollars. “Put them on,” he said. “Now, what do you see?”

“Nothing but money,” he replied

“Maybe,” said Mr. Ford, “you should rethink your ambitions.”

Many people believe that money can bring happiness. Although there is evidence to prove that this is not true, it is a belief that drives many people to try to acquire more and more. It seems to lead to an endless cycle and life without peace.

Paul gives some us some guidelines to keep us focused. One day, whatever we have will all be gone.

In view of that, we are to be content with what we have. We are also to love people more than money and we are to share what God has given to us with others if they have a need.

God has promised to give us what we need, not want.

Prayer: Thank You, Father, for supplying our every need. May we learn to be content with what You graciously give us each day. In Jesus’ Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 Timothy 6:6-10 Now godliness with contentment is great gain. For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out (Read more…)
It is recorded that street lighting was first introduced in Antioch in the fourth century. But it was Benjamin Franklin, the famed inventor, who introduced it to America. Other countries had street lighting in their cities as early as the eighth century.

While serving as the postmaster in Philadelphia, Franklin urged the city fathers to install street lights in their city. The city fathers refused because they believed it was too costly.

Franklin refused to give up and hung a beautiful lantern on a bracket in the front of his home. As the people walked by, they realized the difference it made.

There was no stumbling or falling because it was so well lit. Soon, his neighbors followed his example and it was not too long before the entire city saw the value of street lighting. Franklin achieved his goal not by argument but by example.

People want to follow good examples because everyone wants to copy what makes sense and works. Paul advised Timothy, who needed to earn the respect of his elders, to “set an example in speech, life, love, faith and purity.” We must follow Paul’s advice.

Prayer: Lord, whenever our lives fail to live up to Your standards, give us no peace until we change. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

SCRIPTURE: 1 Timothy 4:12 Let no one despise your youth, but be an example to the believers in word, in conduct, in love, in spirit, in faith, in purity.
Alexander the Great was a Macedonian king who conquered Persia, Greece and Egypt. He was considered the “conqueror of the world.” It was the custom of his day that when a person died their hands would be wrapped so no one could see them. However, prior to his death he asked that his hands remain unwrapped. When they asked why, he replied, “I want everyone to see that they are empty.”

In his letter to Timothy, Paul said, “After all, we didn’t bring anything with us when we came into this world, and we certainly can’t take anything with us when we die.” This is a popular verse, used by many, but accepted and followed as a guide for living by only a few - judging by the way that most of us live!

In three short verses, Paul gives some astounding advice to all of us. He begins by saying that true religion can be very valuable if it brings one contentment. Might he be saying that if we are not content with what we believe, no amount of money will bring us peace? Then he reminds us that we “can’t take it with us.” And then he concludes this bit of advice by saying, “And by the way, if you have enough food and clothing, be content. And if you are not content with what God’s given you, you will be tempted and trapped by foolish desires that bring ruin and destruction.”

Prayer: It’s easy, Lord, to want what has no eternal value. Place in our hearts a desire for what matters most. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

Scripture: 1 Timothy 6:6-10
The ring-tailed monkey of Africa is one of the most difficult animals to catch. Few have mastered the art of capturing them. But the Zulus have no problem.

They know that the monkeys enjoy the seeds of melons. So, when they want to trap a monkey, they cut a hole in a melon just large enough for the monkey’s hand.

When the monkey sees the hole, he will put his hand in it and grab as many seeds as his hand will hold. However, his fist becomes too large and he can’t withdraw it from the hole. He will fight and screech and pull the melon after him, but he will not give up the seeds. Then, the Zulus capture him.

Many people love money like that. This is why Paul warns us that the “love of money is a root for all kinds of evil.”

Money can be a good servant, but in the end, make us its slave. We can use it to exalt our selves or glorify God. We cannot serve God and money, but we can serve God with our money.

Prayer: Heavenly Father, may I realize the trap that money may set in my life. May I understand that whatever I love becomes the end of my life. Help me to recognize the traps that the devil sets for me and to avoid being ensnared by him. In Your Name. Amen.

Scripture for Today: 1 Timothy 6:10
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